There is such a sweet simplicity to this book, which is all about the animals that nearly every child is familiar with, that it’s hard to believe that this hasn’t been published a hundred times before.
In simple words, and with repetitive phrases (so important in a picture/early reader book) the book tells of some basic differences between dogs and cats (dogs dig holes/cats climb trees). Then it switches to how the animals are similar. Here there’s even the moment that will make the children pause, think, and very likely giggle (cats and dogs both like pizza).
There are picture books that adults like to read for their beauty and message, and there are picture books that children will ask to be read again and again and again, and this is a book that will definitely be a child favorite.
The pictures are simple, bright, and bold. They are just right for the book. The reader (and listener) won’t need to spend any more time looking at the pictures than it takes to read the words, and vice versa.
My only regret is that the similarities section was so significantly shorter than the differences (four pages of similarity compared to 16 pages of differences). Imagining reading this to my children when they were younger, I would have liked to have shared how the animals in our house are similar (though of course, any book that prompts discussion, even about family pets, is a good thing).
I was very excited to read this book, and I’m sure it will be a hit with parents, teachers, and children.
Looking for a good book? This easy reader picture book will be a much-read book in any home with a toddler!
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My Dog, My Cat
author: Ashlee Fletcher
artist: Ashlee Fletcher
publisher: Tanglewood Press
hardcover, 32 pages