I Am A Cat

I Am A Cat

Book - 2017
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A simple housecat named Simon encounters some bigger cats: Lion, Puma, Panther, Tiger, and Cheetah. Each of the big cats has something to say about Simon not being "cat" enough. According to them, he just doesn't measure up. He doesn't have Lion's mane or Cheetah's spots. He doesn't sleep in trees like Panther or climb mountains like Puma. He's small and fuzzy, not big and strong. But ultimately, Simon shows the big cats that he's just like them . . . only smaller.

A celebration of both individuality and community, I Am a Cat is a strong debut that shows we're all more alike than we think . . . if we look closely enough.
Publisher: New York :, Abrams Books for Young Readers,, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781419726439
Branch Call Number: Z BER
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations


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When a housecat named Simon encounters some of his bigger cousins, they are all quick to point out that he is not like them. After all, he doesn’t have Lion’s mane, Cheetah’s spots, or climb mountains like Puma. But ultimately, Simon shows that despite their variations, they are all cats in thi... Read More »

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SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Nov 18, 2018

Cat lovers unite!

In this picture book, squishy, tenacious housecat Simon tries to convince a group of incredulous big cats that he is, indeed, a cat. The illustrations are spare but expressive. The text is simple and humorous enough for a group read-aloud. I look forward to more books from Galia Bernstein!

ElizF Jun 14, 2018

This worked out better in story time by making it interactive, having the kids to the actions mentioned by each cat.

May 05, 2018

Nice simple story.

ArapahoeLaurieAnne Apr 30, 2018

You can't be a cat! You're too small, too gray, short and chubby! Discover why Simon is indeed part of the cat family.

pswright Apr 22, 2018

The expressions on the cat's face are wonderful as he convinces the big cats that he is part of their family. There's a little bit of comparative biology involved as little cat explains the similarities of felines. This would be a great addition to storytime.

LibrLdyMapleValley Apr 02, 2018

A simple but clever take on similarities and differences that could easily start a larger conversation with young kids. The book has some laugh out loud moments too. My favorite is when the big cats all look shocked and then crack up laughing.

Mar 16, 2018

Planning to pair this "fiction" with a non-fiction for a preschool cat storytime! @Wonderopolis

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