Back of Book:
There was a cat
who lived alone.
Until the day
a new cat came . . .
And so a story of friendship begins, following two cats through their days, months, and years until one day, the older cat has to go. And he doesn’t come back.
I have enjoyed being a judge on the Cybils short list
This is a slightly unassuming picture book, readers cannot see the amazing message within the pages. Once opened, this story is a lovely look about the importance and bonds of friendship and loss. My favorite part of this book is the contrast between the two cats. The Big cat is outlined with black while the little cat is all black. The contrast allows readers to clearly see the differences between the two cats. The story of loss is beautifully written. It is told in a way that the youngest audiences can understand. The message of the circle of life is truly profound and strong. This book strikes emotion in readers that most picture books do not. I am glad that this book was apart of the Cybils short list this year. It is defiantly not one to be missed.
Ages 5 and up