Thursday, May 2, 2013

Book Review: The Cats on Ben Yehuda Street by Ann Redisch Stampler, Illustrated by Francesca Carabelli

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

Mr. Modiano shoos away all different kinds of cats from his fish palace all day. Some are fat and some are skinny. Some walk around free, like they live on the streets, while others have tags on them like they belong to someone. Every night he finds two cats curled up by his neighbor’s door. He just can’t get away from cats! He brings home leftover fish that he gives to his neighbor to feed them. Even though he seems to dislike cats when one goes missing he does something extraordinary to try to find the cat. 

Even though Mr. Modiano didn’t seem to like cats he had a soft spot for taking care of them, or else he wouldn’t have given his neighbor food to feed her cats. It was like they were sent into his life for a reason. This book does a good job of teaching that if cats have a collar that usually means they belong to someone. It also does a good job of explaining that cats do a good job of providing companionship for people who live by themselves, sometimes in ways that humans are not able to.

Created for children ages 3-8, grades PreK-2

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from Kar-Ben Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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