My Cat Likes To Hide In Boxes - Eve Sutton and Lynley Dodd
"Look at all these clever cats,
cats from Spain, Brazil and France,
cats from Greece, Japan and Norway,
cats who sing and fly and dance..."
This is taken from my favourite childhood picture book, "My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes" by Eve Sutton. It seems very appropriate to share this one with you now as it subtly champions diversity.
The book celebrates individuality by featuring cats from all over the world and highlights their special talents. The simple rhymes together with strong rhythm and lots of repetition make this a fantastic book for young children. It is very easy to join in with and will help build language skills. The illustrations are by Lynley Dodd, who is better known as the creator of the infamous Hairy Maclary. Dodd's pictures are bright, bold and highly stylised. Each cat is portrayed doing their special skill and, in most cases, wearing some element of national costume. With pictures that delight and text to chant out loud, this is a one to read over and over again.
Also, inspired by the story, we have created hiding "pop up" cats.
To make your own "pop up" cat, you will need:
1. Thin cardboard
2. A lollipop stick (or similar)
3. A small cardboard box (we used mini cereal boxes)
5. Colouring pens / crayons / pencils
6. Sticky tape
8. Things to decorate your box
Firstly, we drew our own cat picture on paper making sure it would fit inside the small box. Then we cut out the picture, glued it on the card and stuck it to a lollipop stick using tape. Next we decorated the small boxes to look like the boxes in the story. Finally we cut a hole in the bottom of each box and inserted the lollipop stick through the hole so the cat was hidden inside the box. By pushing the stick up, the cat jumps in and out of the box.
They were extremely simple to make and a huge success with all three mini reviewers.
We are interested in reading other books celebrating diversity.