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|Big cat, little cat|
Author: Cooper, Elisha
A moving tale about friendship, new beginnings, and cats.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 188511
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 1.20
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 70766
Caldecott Honor, 2018
Kirkus Reviews (+) (12/01/16)
School Library Journal (+) (02/01/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/17)
The Hornbook (+) (00/03/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 01/01/2017 It’s all about simple text and clean lines in this picture book about feline camaraderie. Cooper certainly loves and understands cat behavior, as exemplified in his various poses of cats at rest and in action. A big cat (white) welcomes a new little cat (black) to the household, and shows it “when to eat, when to drink, where to go, how to be, and when to rest.” The white cat is outlined in black lines on generous white space as the two partake in these activities; the black cat is profiled in silhouette, with only one tiny white dot for an eye. As the years go by, the black cat grows bigger, and eventually the white cat “has to go.” A silhouetted family mourn along with the black cat. But soon a little white cat arrives, and the now-big black cat teaches it all the same lessons. In a final double-page spread the two dream happily, completing the concept of the circle of life in loving contentment. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 02/01/2017 PreS-Gr 1—Bold and simple illustrations perfectly depict life with cats. Elegant, expressive black line drawings on white backgrounds capture the essence of all things feline and call to mind the work of Clare Turlay Newberry and Nikki McClure. The book follows a lone white cat who gains a small black companion, their life together, and the eventual loss of the elder cat ("Years went by—and more years, too—") and ends with the addition of a new kitten. The spare text does an excellent job of conveying the story from the animals' point of view. Readers are told that "the older cat got older and one day he had to go…and didn't come back. And that was hard. For everyone." VERDICT A gentle, loving look at the life cycle of pets; young readers will be able to gain confidence in retelling the story using the text and the pictures. A must-have for all collections.—Paige Mellinger, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.