I hope no one is allergic to cats – but even if you are….grab a kleenex and enjoy this wonderful little book. You’ll probably have to grab it at the library – but you will enjoy the wonderful illustrations.
Title: Cats Know Best
Author: Colin Eisler
Illustrator: Leslie Anne Ivory
Publisher: Dial Books, 1988
Audience Age: 2-8
Opening Sentences: Cats know the best places to be. Where to stay warm…or keep cool.
Synopsis: A simple story of the sometimes silly, lazy, indifferent behavior of cats and their day complemented with beautiful illustrations.
Why I like it: At only 103 words, it is a lovely, quick read that leaves you with a cozy feeling. The illustrations are gorgeous. Ms Ivory loves cats and you can tell. I’m sure I hear purring every time I read it. The backgrounds vary from quilts and rugs and trees and barnyards to indoor parlors and china teacups to outdoor kittens and snowflakes. Each page invites paying attention to details. On the quilt page for instance my grandgirls have to find the hidden pictures in the quilt. My grandchildren know this is a special Grandma’s book and they like to ask for it. They enjoy tracking and finding all the little kittens and their particular favorite cat. They range from tuxedo cats, to tabbys, longhair, to Siamese. There are kittens in dresser drawers and cats in the barn. The cats on the inside covers beg to be counted each time. And if you want to know all the names of the cats, those are listed under the author’s thank yous.
Activities/Resources: Catly activities of course. Here is a link to cat crafts, cat games, cat math, cat science and even cat treats!
Availability: This is an older book but well worth seeking out at your library or used book store. Some used (inexpensive paperback)and new (pricey) copies are available through Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Enjoy the read!