Monday, September 17, 2012

Review: We're All Different but We're All Kitty Cats: First Day of School by Peter J. Goodman



SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS.COM:


“My name is Carlos and I have no fur,” the kitty cat announces on the first day of school. Using schoolroom situations that every child will recognize, author Peter Goodman creates a gaggle of feline classmates who show the way to respect and friendship for Carlos the hairless cat, who faces the challenge of being different. With the support of his mother and teacher, Carlos discovers something on the inside that makes him just as unique as he is on the outside.
Popping illustrations and expressive characters bring the tale of Carlos and his friends to life. The first in a series that brings adults and children together to discuss important social issues—this one is exceptionally relevant, given the current focus on anti-bullying efforts in schools—the book includes discussion prompts and fun facts to help parents facilitate engagement and learning at story time.
Children will be entertained as they come to realize, with Carlos and his schoolmates, what matters most: the thing we all have in common is that we are all different.


MY TAKE:
Bullying is a very important topic and it's good that recently, awareness has been raised about on TV, the radio, online and in books.

In We're All Different but We're All Kitty Cats, Carlos is a hairless cat who gets teased by his peers for being different.

Like humans, the cats in the book look very different from each other and have different personalities. They have very human hobbies too. It's easy to imagine the start of the book as a typical first day at a kindergarten. This is important as kids will be able to relate to this more, and see what bullying is and that they shouldn't do it.

I really liked the discussion questions and the cat trivia at the back. It will help adults when they discuss the book with kids.

I also like how words are emphasized by changing the font size. It gives the book more flair and makes it more fun.

The coloring reminds me of what you get when you use watercolor pencils. There are parts that look like colored pencils but the other parts look like it used watercolors.

Thanks to Cher Murphy PR for the copy.

THE GOOD:

  1. The back part of the book contains discussion questions that parents and teachers can use when reading to kids.
  2. It teaches kids about bullying.
  3. The coloring is pretty.

THE BAD:

  1. Some might not find Carlos and the other cats to be cute.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Sammy asked the class, "What kind of cake do mice eat?" No one answered. "Cheese-cake!"  
READ IT IF:

  1. You want to teach your kid about bullying.
  2. You like cats.
  3. You are anti-bullying.

RATING:
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