By Marion Bauer, published 2016
“When you are expecting the moon, it can be hard to know what to say to a small red squirrel. But still, the little cat gathered herself quickly. She was a polite cat.”
I was sitting on my porch, when a little orange cat came by, clearly looking for its own special place. It walked into my house, sniffed around, and purred. That was when I knew for sure I would have to review this children’s book, all about a little cat looking for its own place.
The whole story is told from the little cat’s point of view, and the animals are all personified. It makes for a bit of humor, as well as sweetness and sadness. There is one unexpected moment, when the little cat turns out to have kittens, and I go, “Huh? I thought it was an indoor cat.” However, I decided to skip over the biological impossibility, and assume parents will be able to handle it.
Despite reading like prose, this children’s book is formatted in short lines, as in a poem. This makes the book extremely suitable for a read-aloud, as well as convenient for young readers. I had avoided children’s books formatted this way, but as I read it, I realized it works. It makes the narrative very easy to take in. There are also lovely line drawings scattered throughout the children’s book.
Recommended for young children who love animals.