Who Has These Feet? – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Who Has These Feet? by Laura Hulbert, illustrated by Erik Brooks
Published by Henry Holt & Co, an imprint of Macmillan

Who Has These Feet? That is the question of the hour in the book by the same name. Hulbert doesn’t beat around any bushes, asking readers “Who has these feet?” on the very first page, as we are confronted with Brooks’s illustration of great, hairy, white feet. Turns out, it is a polar bear who has these feet, and it needs all that fur on the bottom so it won’t slip on the ice.

It is entirely possible that Who Has These Feet is the new favorite in our household. “Feet book!” is a constant request, and every time I read the eponymous question, Daniel responds with a little questioning shrug, “Which animal?” Daniel likes the predictive text and the interaction he has inserted into it, and I like the ability of Who Has These Feet to grow with the child reading it. Daniel is not yet ready for the explanations of why the different animals have different kinds of feet, for now it is enough to recognize and match them. However, an older child could easily be fascinated by the requirements that environment and behavior put on an animal’s feet. For these children, there is enough detail first to satisfy and later to spark an interest and further exploration. For those too young to be interested in this, though, the ‘why’ sections are brief enough to maintain the quick flow of the book.

Not only is Hulbert’s text very well balanced, but Brooks’s illustrations are absolutely charming, with great details on the cloe-ups of the animal feet.

A fun and informative book to read for toddlers on up. Highly recommended.

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Have You Seen My Cat? – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle
Published by Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

When a young boy’s cat goes missing, he will stop at nothing to find her. He travels the world in order to to find his poor, lost, feline, asking person after person whether or not they have seen his cat and being directed to numerous other sorts of cats, mostly but not only big cats, instead.

Talk about predictive text.

Nearly every page of Have You Seen My Cat is composed of two pieces of text. The boy asking “have you seen my cat?” and responding to the proffered cats with the response, “that’s not my cat.” Perhaps this isn’t the very most exciting thing for mommy and daddy to read, but fabulous for toddlers. Daniel loves it when I read him the book, sure, we can talk about the attributes of the different cats, but just as much he loves to read the book on his own. He flips from page to page saying, “no my cat! No my cat!”

Best of all, this is a book that can grow with Daniel for awhile. Right now we’re talking about the sizes and colors of the cats, occasionally naming them for his benefit, but we can continue to talk about the different kinds of cats out there. Until then, though, I’ll cherish the calls of “no my cat!”

Highly recommended

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