Rating: (1-5, 5 is an excellent or starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? This charming book is such a simple story that both parents and children will warm up to it immediately. A gray cat sets out on a gray day to collect colors. She takes inspiration from the world around her and the simple text helps the child focus on the illustrations and concepts. She breathes in the red smell of the roses, and a small patch of red appears on her coat. She continues on her walk collecting the gentle blue of the pond and the flutter of purple from the butterfly. By the end of the book, she is dotted with colors. The surprise ending is when she gives birth to a litter of kittens and each is a different color.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book.
To Whom Would You Recommend this book? This is definitely a cat-lovers book, along with preschool children who are learning their colors. This book helps children see the world around them through colors.
Who should buy this book? This would be good for pre-school libraries, kindergartens and public libraries with a children’s room.
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.
Date of review: Feb. 19, 2017