Lisa Wheeler & Ponder Goembel
Atheneum, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
, Lisa Wheeler gives us an engaging epic in verse, a kind of feline
- except there are fifteen of them (seven are kittens), as opposed to Crusoe plus Friday ... '
Water dripped from wilted whiskers. / Sea salt stung exotic eyes. / Fifteen felines felt quite fearful; / each had used up several lives.
hat do they do? They start to organize and pull together. They find food, watch for rescuers, try to build a boat, and squabble a lot - '
But the cats would not get moving. / No, they wouldn't even try. / And they wouldn't work together ... / so, the fur began to fly!
' Finally, they realize they need to pull together, and as they do, grow fonder of the island and of each other. Can you see where this is going? I expect you've worked it out, but if not, read the book!
side from the fun in rhymes and the lesson in cooperation, Wheeler also plays with numbers in
, dividing the fifteen into differing number pairs in math sentences (as in, after one of many arguments, '
Fifteen cats lie on the shore - / Ten are bruised and five are sore.
') And Ponder Goembel's amazing illustrations show a variety of cat species in all their colorful shipwrecked glory.
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