Tuesday, September 3, 2019

"Mr. Cat and the Little Girl" - a bookwrap

Meet Mr. Cat.  He loves to take his painting materials and capture the world around him on canvas.  Although he keeps busy he is lonely until one day when the winter arrives early something strange happens....


"Mr. Cat and the Little Girl" 
by Yu Wei, Wang

* Age Range:  5-8
* Grade Level:  K-3
* Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher:  Clavis
* Pub. Date:  October 1, 2019
* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Beautiful Illustrations for You to Enjoy

Unwrapping the Book

Mr. Cat lives alone and is a prolific painter.  Winter has come early and he decides to take his painting materials outside and capture the beauty of the fluttering snowflakes softly landing on the autumn leaves.  To his surprise he discovers a green leaf and when he turns it over there is a little girl under the leaf sound asleep?  How can that possibly be?  He gently picks her up and brings her inside his home fearing she may freeze death if he leaves her out in the cold. 

Although at first he finds his new companion annoying she wiggles into his heart and he nurtures her and loves her living there with him.  What a joy she turns out to be.When he takes her outside into the snow he finds that wherever she steps yellow flowers appear.  One of his plants that fell on the little girl's foot starts to grow... bigger, bigger, and Bigger! She seems to have magical powers. 

The little girl begins to sleep more and more and when it gets closer to Spring she just disappears!  Totally gone!  I wonder what happened to her and how Mr. Cat feels now that he is alone once again? 

The art work is soft and beautiful and the storyline is tender and sweet. It touches on themes of nurturing, friendship, acceptance and loss. It opens up many avenues to have conversations on these subjects.  I really enjoyed this book a lot and highly recommend it. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

About the Author/Illustrator

  Wang Yuwei is a graduate of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She is passionate about the creation of picture books and brings art supplies with her when she is traveling because she always finds time to paint. Wang Yuwei’s picture book First Snow claimed the top prize of the first Key Colours Competition China, organized by Clavis Publishing Company. She’s also an ailurophile (a cat lover) and is the proud owner of a tabby cat named Coke.

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