Some cats have names that suggest far-off lands, like the Turkish Angora and the Norwegian forest cat. Read more...
Some cats have names that suggest far-off lands, like the Turkish Angora and the Norwegian forest cat. Others allude to places closer to home, such as California s ragdoll and the Maine coon. Set against Lee White s graceful illustrations, with intriguing facts about each of twenty breeds at the end, this charming haiku collection for lovers of America s most popular house pet provides the purr-fect book to curl up with."
- ISBN-13: 9780763664923
- ISBN-10: 0763664928
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Publish Date: March 2015
- Page Count: 56
- Reading Level: Ages 6-9
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-02-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Rosen and White follow The Cuckoo’s Haiku and The Hound Dog’s Haiku with 20 haikus devoted to cats, paired with grainy, atmospheric illustrations. Rosen highlights Russian Blues, Birmans, Abyssinians, and more as the book transitions between indoor and outdoor scenes with cats sprawling languidly, on moonlit prowls, tiptoeing through flowers, or in mid-spring. White’s backdrops include the edge of a swimming pool (“sun-baked umbrella/ iced-tea glass sweats, pools—first drip/ wakes the sleeping cat”); a village veranda, which serves as a perch for a Manx to gaze over apricot rooftops; and a country store (“outside the old store/ more strays sun as the screen door/ bangs—bangs shut, again”). Each exquisitely crafted poem and image captures the personalities of the cats, the diversity of settings, and the quiet magic of each moment. Ages 6–9. Illustrator’s agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (Mar.)