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Changing Seasons: Big cat, little cat

Here is an utterly delicate, sweet tale for little cat lovers:)

Elisha Cooper has been awarded with the 2018 Caldecott Honor Medal for this book, which he wrote taking inspiration from his first pets, two cats he got for his daughters.
It’s amazing how he managed to condense the nature of cats in just a few pages, giving us such a graceful picture of their habits and life.
Anyone who has ever lived with a cat will find everything so familiar, and will fill those minimalist black and white illustrations with his memories.

Cooper grew up in a farm in New England with a lot of animals, which he celebrates in many of his books. As a child he got used to seeing animals die and new ones arrive.
It was never easy to watch them cycling through.

This story helps children to become more aware of pets life cycles in a very gentle way, to acknowledge the sadness of goodbyes, finally embracing joy and love again with a new pet.
My eldest daughter is definitely a cat person and was totally fascinated by this book.
I like to read stories that talk about pets to my children, since we don’t have any, for my peace of mind.
I feel any child who has the chance to live close to animals is very lucky, because through them they learn about life.

Big cat, little cat [2017]
English 🇺🇸 edition by Roaring Brook Press NY
Italian 🇮🇹 edition not available
Written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper
Reading age: 2+
Themes: Relationship with animals, Pets, Life cycles, Growing up, Dealing with emotions

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