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Review: How To Be A Cat


How To Be A Cat


How To Be A Cat by Nikki McClure

Goodreads Summary:  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.

This past fall I did a Mock Caldecott lesson with my third grade students. It went so well that I have decided to do this lesson each year. So I’m on the look out for Caldecott worthy picture books to use with next fall’s lesson.  How To Be  A Cat is one I will certainly use for this lesson.

The cut paper illutrations are fabulous.  They are simple but powerful.  This book is an excellent addition to any picture book collection.  It would also be a great gift for any cat lover.

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