Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a unique story on perspective.
They All Saw a Cat
By Brendan Wensel
44 pages – ages 5+
Published by Chronicle Books on August 30, 2016
Genre- Realistic Fiction? Nonfiction?
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws…'”
Synopsis from publisher: “In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?“
What I Thought- This is a really neat book. I like that when the others look at the cat, not only does it look different, but the illustrations reflect what is seen is an amazing way. Check out some interior pages –
That was pretty cool! The story is a great way to teach kids about perspective and the way things are seen by different people. A great lesson of what you see is not what someone else may see! This is Wenzel’s debut as both an author and illustrator, and it is great start. I am anxiously awaiting his next creation!
Activities and Resources- There is a great lesson plan about perspectives at Readwritethink.org HERE!
Teachingwithamountainview.com has a fabulous post on teaching point of view HERE!
Check out the book’s trailer –