My Cat Copies Me

My Cat Copies Me by Yoon-duck Kwon.

I just love what Kane/Miller does.  They bring picture books from across the world to children here so that we can all get a glimpse at another culture while remembering that we are all more alike than we are different.  This book by a Korean author follows a young girl and her relationship with her sweet-faced cat.  The girl and cat copy each other in the book:  crawling under newspapers, hiding, chasing flies, and facing the darkness of night without fear.  The language of the book is strong and simple, guiding children to see that there are lessons to be learned in even the most basic parts of our lives. 

This is a quiet story, perfect for a bedtime read or for children who enjoy books without a strong storyline.  The illustrations add to the softness of the book with pictures full of deep colors and pastels.

Recommended for cat storytimes or bedtime reading for preschoolers.