Well, I don't know where the week went, but here we are at Friday again!
Friday is a really excellent day. It means we're about to get a weekend, and it means a list of Perfect Picture Books to enjoy over that weekend - an unbeatable combination! All we need to make it true perfection is a nice chocolatey snack to go along with our picture books and our weekend :)
I had another book in mind for today. Based on the jacket copy I thought I'd love it. But when I read it my reaction could only be described as meh (not what you want for a Perfect Picture Book!) and then I read this one and loved it start to finish, so there was really no contest. Preconceived idea out, awesome surprise book in :) I hope you like it too :)
Written & Illustrated By: C. Roger Mader
Houghton Mifflin Books For Children, October 2013, Fiction
Suitable For Ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: journey, pets, love (person/pet)
Opening: "Ever since Slipper was a tiny kitten, she'd lived with a little old lady in a little old house in a little old town."
Brief Synopsis: Slipper has always lived happily with Mrs. Fluffy Slippers, but when Mrs. Fluffy Slippers moves, Slipper accidentally gets left behind in the commotion. Slippers searches for a new home, but not just any home will do - it has to be the right one. Will she find a new family she can adopt?
Links To Resources: Washington Children's Choice Award Activities (scroll about 1/2 way down the pdf); Fun Facts About Cats; How To Draw A Cat video; learn to draw a cat step-by-step guide.
Why I Like This Book: First and foremost, I love the art! Soft pastels that render that beautiful kitty so life-like! Her expressions are perfect, especially her fright at High Tops, her polite pleading with Miss Shiny Shoes, and her bliss on the last two pages. And the cat's-eye-view perspective is wonderful. The story is a sweet one with both humorous and poignant moments. I love that all the people in the story are named for their footwear - which is what Slippers sees of them first :) And most of all, I love that this lost cat story has a happy ending :)
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! :)