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Carrot is a delightful story about a common house cat who finds that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Carrot envies the fancy white cat she sees on a yacht in the bay and fantasizes a life of wealth: “She would be asked to marry / the Earl of Kent’s cat. / Nothing could be / more romantic than that.” Finally Carrot realizes her “common” life has much to offer that idleness aboard a yacht could never fulfill: “Without their sweet Carrot / what would her poor family do? / And what of ...
Carrot is a delightful story about a common house cat who finds that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Carrot envies the fancy white cat she sees on a yacht in the bay and fantasizes a life of wealth: “She would be asked to marry / the Earl of Kent’s cat. / Nothing could be / more romantic than that.” Finally Carrot realizes her “common” life has much to offer that idleness aboard a yacht could never fulfill: “Without their sweet Carrot / what would her poor family do? / And what of the mouse? / Who would tend to his flu?”
Posted April 29, 2014
If you're an adult you'll probably find some flaws with the rhyming sequence, but, this book is not for adults. This book is for young children learning how to read, the sentences are simple and the rhyming is engaging for children.
The story is about an orange cat named Carrot and her life in the city. The book follows Carrot as through a day in her kitty adventures, yes, the life of a kitty can be very demanding.
The book is short, I recommend for children from ages 3 to 8. The pictures are very pretty and appealing, it's a good for parent to read to their children or vice-versa.
Ms. Oelschlager's books are very good for children, they will definitely get the little ones interested in reading.
Rating 4 out of 5
Posted September 11, 2013
(Source: I was able to view a digital gallery of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to VanitaBooks LLC and Netgalley.)
This is a story about a cat, who realises that maybe things are not quite so green on the other side of the fence, and begins to appreciate what she already has.
This story was told in rhyme with a nice flow, but I did wonder at some of the words used. I’m not sure what age this story is aimed at, but there were several words or phrases used that I questioned whether a young child would understand. Words and phrases like ‘underfoot’, ‘vain’, ‘Broadway’, ‘down-to-earth’, ‘yacht’, ‘chiffon’, ‘born of a king’, ‘beauty rest’, ‘caviar’, ‘cotillion’, ‘socialites’, and more.
I can only assume that this book is aimed at older children, and while my 3-year-old liked hearing the story read to him, the words weren’t the kind that I could get him to join in with, and there weren’t even things on the page that he could count, or pick out, which made the story less interactive.
Overall; an okay story, but probably aimed at older children with a higher reading age.
6.5 out of 10.
Posted August 14, 2013
Colourful illustrations, clunky rhyming.
I have read and enjoyed three of Vanita Oeschlager's picture books, but the others were all based on true life stories and written in prose. Carrot is a somewhat moralistic tale, written in rhyme and I didn't rate it as highly as the previous three.
Carrot the cat is perfectly content, living in the city, spending her days chasing mice and keeping her family happy. Then she spots a glamorous looking cat who lives on an expensive yacht, and starts to imagine what life would be like for that pampered feline.
Initially she feels twangs of jealousy, but as she thinks about it more, she realises that her life is pretty good as it is and there would be disadvantages as well as perks to being a spoilt ship's cat.
The colourful illustrations are the best part of the book but unfortunately, some of the rhymes are rather awkward and clunky.
The comparison of Carrot's colour to a life jacket was also rather random, given that many children within to book's age range would never have seen a life jacket.
Disappointing in comparison to Vanita's 'true life' childrens' stories.
Posted March 22, 2013
Carrot by Vanita Oelschlager is a children's book for ages 4-8, illustrated by Kristin Blackwood. It tells the story of a simple orange house cat who one day notices a beautiful white cat sitting on a yacht at the pier. Carrot dreams of living that cat's fancy, rich life, fantasizing about all the amenities that would come with wealth. But soon Carrot starts to consider the things in her own life she'd miss, the things she would no longer be able to do if she lived a life of luxury. She comes to an important realization about her common, but happy life.
The rhyming scheme and its cadence reminded me of reading Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline books. But in a few spots, I felt the rhythm wasn't as intuitive as it could have been. After a couple readings, I figured it out and those spots felt fine. It didn't bother my 3 1/2 year old at all, because the first time we read it, she made me read it again three times in a row! Obviously she loved this book. The colorful illustrations grabbed her attention and kept her lingering on each page. She laughed and commented and asked questions throughout the story. I appreciated that there were some "big" words that encouraged her to ask for the meaning, such as cotillion, chiffon, caviar, and socialite - but not too many; she never lost interest, never had trouble following the story.
A standard I use when looking for quality children's books is, could I stand to read this over and over and over again? Carrot definitely meets that criteria, and I can already tell it's going to be a favorite in our house.