Tuesday, December 26, 2017

BIG CAT, LITTLE CAT by Elisha Cooper. New York:  Roaring Book Press, 2017.  32p.  ISBN 9781-62672371-9 hc. $16.99.   PreS - Gr. 2    E PIC

A big white cat was a happy to be the only housepet, until the day a little black cat arrived.  The big cat showed the little cat how to do activities around the house and, as the little cat grew, they became best friends.  As the years went by, the old white cat passed away.  Cooper gently phrases the passing of the white cat, the loneliness of the black cat, and the introduction of a new pet into the home.  The simplicity of this book is deceptive.  Well chosen words combined with black & white drawings pave the way for a story rich in emotion and a pattern of events that can apply to more than just cats.  The life cycle has never been told with such clarity and compassion.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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