HOW TO BE A CAT by Nikki McClure was calling my name at the public library this week. I found the title interesting. I'm not a cat person. I've never owned a cat and I certainly have more dog books in my classroom library than cat books. I think this is the first cat book, I am in love with!
The illustrations are crisp and clean. Nikki McClure cut black paper and set it against a white background. Each page has one word describing what the cats are doing, in a perfect shade of periwinkle blue. This story follows Small Kitten as she learns from Big Cat. Small Kitten learns how to act like a cat, how to be brave, how to play, how to take care of himself, and how to hunt. I love the ending page, Small Kitten learns how to dream. I think Big Cat carefully teaches and guides Small Kitten. I know the text will be perfect for my emerging readers to feel successful as readers. I will have to add this to our classroom collection and you might want to too.