This week’s contribution to Fantastic Fiction for Kids comes from Vanessa at Silly Eagle Books. I would love to be able to visit Vanessa and her daughter as it sounds like their house is FULL of wonderful books. Just about every post over on Silly Eagle Books has me checking my local library’s catalogue to see if I can get hold of what Vanessa and Juliet have been reading!
Vanessa’s chosen topic for this week is one that I know many of us will enjoy – CATS! She writes:
We love reading books about cats – somehow we are magnetically drawn to them on the library shelves. Here are a few that we have especially enjoyed reading together.
The Fire Cat
by Esther Averill: This is a book with chapters! It’s the first one that Juliet was ever able to sit still long enough to hear the entire thing (she’s only 2). Usually, we read shorter books with one to two sentences per page, but for this one, she made an exception. I think it’s because Pickles the cat is so fascinating to her. The story begins by stating that “Pickles was a young cat. His paws were big. And he wished to do big things with them.” As the title suggests, he does go on to do great things with those big paws of his by becoming a fire cat that rescues other cats out of trees! How could she not enjoy it?
The Cat’s Pajamas
by Ida Chittum: This is a book I remember reading as a child. My mom just recently found it in her attic and gave it to us. A little boy makes his cat a pair of red and white pajamas and then loses them. He goes through quite a bit of trouble to get them back, but when he finally does and gives them to his cat, she, like a true feline, turns her nose up at them. In the end, he stuffs the pajamas and makes them into a stuffed kitty.
Hondo & Fabian
by Peter McCarty: This is the story of a dog and cat who are best friends. The story details a day in their life as they have separate yet parallel adventures. The little girl in the story reminds me so much of Juliet as she chases Fabian (the cat) around the house and uses him as her doll. It’s a great bedtime book.
Cat Goes Fiddle-i-fee
by Paul Galdone: The cat in this book looks just like a cat we used to have, so it reminds us of her. We also love it because it’s a sing-a-long book and anytime we can sing, it’s a good thing. The illustrations are bright and fun and Juliet loves to sing along with me.
Now what about some Cat music?
Here at Playing by the book we love Everybody wants to be a cat from the film The Aristocats, Scat Cat by Jetta and the Jellybeans, Bat Cat by Charlie and Lola and although it’s not really about cats I can’t resist including Cool for cats by Squeeze (I think I fell in love with this as a kid because the single we had of this was bright pink and I thought that was very cool!)
And some Cat craftiness?
I’ve made up some cat softies like this one from Wise Craft for J for Christmas, using photos my mum’s cat, my mum-in-law’s cat, and one of the cat’s we had as kids – if I hadn’t already made them they would be easy enough for kids to help make – the fixing of the printed image in water and then stuffing the toy would certainly appeal to M.
If we had a cat I would definitely want us to make this adorable chaise longue for the cat by Evilmadscientist (found via WhipUp).
Then there’s this slightly spooky but fun looking cat handprint from Busy Bee Kids Crafts.
Here are some instructions for usinga paper plate to make a cat face – the result could easily be adapted to make a mask.
You could also adapt this cat wreath pattern for Christmas – a lovely idea from DLTK’s Crafts for Kids.
Thanks again to Vanessa from Silly Eagle Books for this great list, full of books which are new to me even though we’ve got LOTS of books about cats here – I’m off to the library now to see which of her books I can pick up. Why don’t you head over to Silly Eagle Books and have a look around – I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll enjoy! And in case you want more great cat books, do be sure to check back in next week when we will have Cats! Part 2 – from Ashley, a regular and cherished reader of Playing by the book 🙂