Title: Cats Are Cats
Written and illustrated by: Valeri Gorbachev
Published By: Holiday House, 2014.
Themes/Topics: cats, pets, tigers, fish
Suitable for ages: 3-5
Miss Bell loved cats. One day she went to the pet shop to get a little kitten.
Miss Bell’s love of cats takes her one day to the pet store to buy a kitten. She buys a wee thing with stripes, tail and smile like a tiger, so, she calls him, TIGER. She puts her heart and soul into caring for her little Tiger. The trouble is her little Tiger grows bigger and bigger and bigger! But she doesn’t stop loving him, ‘Cats are cats’, she says. One day she takes Tiger for a walk and they pass the pet store from which he was bought. On a whim, she treats her big boy to two bags of goldfish. And the rest of the story you will have to read yourself!
Why I like This Book: Valeri’s illustrations of this tiger growing bigger and filling up the whole apartment are full of whimsy and character! Cat lovers will appreciate the truism, that big or small, cats have certain characteristics. You and your children will love the unexpected fishy twist at the end, as much as I did. A cat is always a cat, after all!
Activities/Resources: All kids like to draw cats. Try this template from artprojectsforkids.com
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