They All Saw a Cat


Book Information

Chronicle Books 2016
Science Curriculum

"A 2017 Caldecott Honor Book

New York Times bestseller ★"An ingenious idea, gorgeously realized." —Shelf Awareness, starred review "Both simple and ingenious in concept, Wenzel's book feels like a game changer." —The Huffington Post

The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . .In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?"--from the publisher

44 pages               978-1452150130           Ages 3-7


"The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears and paws...."

It's just one cat and it doesn't change a whit but the animals who cross its path don't see the same image.  What does a cat look like through the eyes of a dog or a fish or a mouse?

How we see things depends on how we sit in the world.  How big are we or how small?  How frightened or how excited?

The eyes of a bee break the look of a cat into a mosaic of colored its and the flea sees the forest of fur that makes a cat a good place to get a meal.

This delightful parade of one cat and so many points of view makes you stop and contemplate how you look at things in your own world based on what you know, how you are designed and where you stand.

Brilliant story for the times we live in.  Wonderful discussion starter.  Could just be the nudge of awareness that might change lives forever.

44 pages               978-1452150130           Ages 3-7

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,

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