Big Cat, Little Cat

  • Title: Big Cat, Little Cat
  • Author: Elisha Cooper
  • Illustrator: Elisha Cooper
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication year: 2017
  • Brief Summary: From the publisher, Roaring Brook Press, MacMillian Publishing: “This is a poignant story, told in measured text and bold black-and-white illustrations about the act of moving on.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – Unfortunately, as simply poignant as this picture book is, I don’t know that I could incorporate it into any classroom. This book would be ideal for a read-aloud for children in a public library setting.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it.-The simple black and white illustrations, the rhyming, word repetition and the quick pace of this picture book all contribute to making this an enjoyable read. I foresee children engaging with this book just due to the illustrations and rhyming. What is so moving about this picture book is Cooper’s subtle way of dealing with loss (by using a beloved animal). Cooper also introduces the reader to the other great thing about life, that it goes on in a circular way (by introducing the kitten).

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