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.
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Galia Bernstein was born and raised in Israel. She started her career as a designer and illustrator for the Israeli Army’s magazine. She later studied illustration at Parsons School of Design at the New School and now works as a full-time freelance illustrator. She lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What is a cat? Is it the little kitty that you have in your house? Is it the tiger or the lion that you see at the zoo? Could a cat be a puma, a panther or a cheetah that you see in a picture book? Could it be all of them? Meet Simon, who claims to be cat. When Simon introduces himself to a bunch of wide-eyed fury animals who claim to be cats, they all laugh at him, they all think he is basically crazy. They try to point out to Simon all the ways that he is not like them. Simon doesn’t have a mane. Simon isn’t one of the fastest animals in the world, Simon can’t leap very high nor can he sleep in a tree. Oh, poor Simon. The more Simon listens to these animals, the more confused he gets. Simon realizes that not all the cats that he sees have all the traits that they are talking about. Lion then tells Simon how all of them have long tails and whiskers, how they all have sharp claws and teeth and now Simon starts to feel better because he is a CAT just like them! Now, this gets their attention as they look at tiny Simon and suddenly, Simon is accepted into their group. What a cute and fun story. I really liked the illustrations that accompanied this novel. The eyes on the cats were done wonderfully and their expressions were animated and helped tell the story. I thought the fonts that were used were fantastic and brought the story to life. A fantastic novel, one you should definitely check out!