How to Be a Cat

 
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How to Be a Cat
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Age Range
1+
Release Date
May 07, 2019
ISBN
978-1419705281
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In cut-paper artist Nikki McClure’s latest picture book, a kitten practices the basics of feline behavior over the course of a day. A single word of text per spread teaches readers “how to be a cat”―how to stretch, clean, pounce, feast―while the striking paper cuts illustrate the kitten’s attempts to imitate an adult cat’s mastery of each skill. At times the kitten triumphantly succeeds, and at other times the kitten struggles, in vignettes that range from whimsical to profound.
A celebration of all things feline, How to Be a Cat also tells a universal story of mastering life skills, and of the sometimes tender, sometimes stern relationship between parent and child, teacher and pupil. Cat lovers of all ages will connect to this loving portrayal of a mentor-student relationship.

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beautiful, simple and fun
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HOW TO BE A CAT is an elegant book of verbs. Two cats give actions throughout their day, including scratch, hunt, pounce, and lick. The images are all in black and white with just a blue butterfly adding color, making this a visually stunning book. The simple verbs are delightful for young readers, especially toddlers, who will like seeing the cats acting them out in simple ways.

What I loved: Although this book is simple to read, it is visually complex with the two cats acting out many verbs in beautiful images. Young children will find it appealing and learn a few new verbs in the process. The ultimate length is just about right, beginning with stretching and ending with dreaming. The words are printed in blue and of a good size, making it easy to read aloud. For children who love animals, this will be perfect to improve vocabulary and enjoy.

Final verdict: Delightful and beautiful, HOW TO BE A CAT is a delightful exploration of verbs from the cat perspective. Understated colors and text add to the appeal of this lovely book. Highly recommend for children who like animals, are learning new verbs, and/or want something uniquely beautiful.
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