Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker 

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Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker (Aladdin, 2011) is about Eula, a square cat, who finds life frustrating since she can’t do what cats are supposed to do. Her friends try to help her fit in, and ultimately Eula and her friends realize that it’s fun to be different. There is lots of white space to make the geometric illustrations visually appealing, and the brightly colored cats are amusing to read about.

Square Cat would work well as a lead into a storytime craft. Children can create their own square or triangle or unusual cat (or another animal) and put them in their own unique spaces. What can your square cat do? Observe how unique each square cat creation is, unique to each person creating an image.

Reviewed on December 6, 2011

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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