Perfect Picture Book Friday! They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a unique story on perspective.

They All Saw a CatThey All Saw a Cat
By Brendan Wensel
44 pages – ages 5+

Published by Chronicle Books on August 30, 2016

Theme/Topic- Perspective

Genre- Realistic Fiction? Nonfiction?

Opening and Synopsis- Opening:The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws…'”

Synopsis from publisher: “In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?

What I Thought- This is a really neat book. I like that when the others look at the cat, not only does it look different, but the illustrations reflect what is seen is an amazing way. Check out some interior pages –

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That was pretty cool! The story is a great way to teach kids about perspective and the way things are seen by different people. A great lesson of what you see is not what someone else may see! This is  Wenzel’s debut as both an author and illustrator, and it is great start. I am anxiously awaiting his next creation!

Activities and Resources- There is a great lesson plan about perspectives at HERE! has a fabulous post on teaching point of view HERE!

Check out the book’s trailer –

Chronicle Books has an activity pack that goes with the book that you can download. Click HERE to get it!
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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12 replies

  1. This is a unique book. When I look at a cat watching a bird, I think about how totally present it is living in just the moment in time.

  2. I love this idea! We all see things differently and that is OK!

  3. Very much looking forward to seeing more!

  4. I saw a cat hiding under a car once. Mom said the word, “Leave it. He’s not bothering you.” I am pretty sure the cat was waiting to jump out and kill me. So, yes. I saw a cat….

    Love and licks,

  5. Love this book. Imagination and perspective done very well. I see the cat everyday. Sometimes it is not as much fun as this book makes it seem. 🙁 But those illustrations make me want to read it all over again. Nice choice for PPBF–and yep, you win. 🙂

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