BIG CAT, little cat

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BIG CAT, little cat

Elisha Cooper
Roaring Brook Press, 2017

From the dust jacket: “There was a cat who lived alone. Until the day a new cat came … . From award-winning author Elisha Cooper comes a poignant story about friendship, family, and new beginnings.”

From the description on the dust jacket, it would seem this book is rather simple – but it’s not. Well, it is, on the surface. A cat lives alone with his family; they bring home a new kitten; the older (big) cat teaches the younger (little) cat how to be a cat. They have many years together until the older cat goes away – and doesn’t come back. Sad. But … . Can’t say – don’t want to ruin it.

Big Cat, Little Cat is a perfect vehicle for opening a dialog with your kittens about life and death and life. The very simple line drawings pack a punch, the words are few but powerful and the story evokes emotions of both joy and grief. The book is like haiku in that for a true wordsmith it only takes a few words to communicate volumes. Experienced readers will certainly be able to read the book on their own – but read it as a family, instead. It may evoke memories both joyful and sad that need to be spoken aloud so the love may be paid forward.

Rating: 5 of 5 paws because it’s a truly beautiful story that is overflowing with the truth of life.

Reviewer:

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Simon

 

Cover Makeover Golden Valley Silver Flowers

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This week’s Cover Makeover Challenge is for the recently published book Golden Valley Silver Flowers.

This is the published cover.

This is the published cover.

This is the base photo before it cropping. Since the book involves subject of war, I went with this ghost forest, the remnants of an earthquake in Alaska. It has a certain desolate and destroyed look about it.

This is the base photo before cropping. Since the book involves subject of war, I went with this ghost forest, the remnants of an earthquake in Alaska. It has a certain desolate and destroyed look about it.

I cut this house out of the photo and placed it in the original photo. Then I took a second house, placed it upside down in the lake and faded it a bit to make it look like a reflection.

I cut this house out of the photo and placed it in the original photo. Then I took a second house, placed it upside down in the lake and faded it a bit to make it look like a reflection.

These white azalea blooms are from this spring in the front yard, cut from the photograph and placed in the sky to add a touch of life in the midst the death of war.

These white azalea blooms are from this spring in the front yard, cut from the photograph and placed in the sky to add a touch of life and romance in the midst the death of war.

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library croppedCover Makeover Artist: Toby