Looking for a clever book that incorporates a story about a cat and some world geography? City Cat is a book that will appeal to a wider range of ages owing to the combination of the story of a travelling cat and the historic European landmarks that the cat visits.
In this gently rhyming story, the cat is travelling from one city to the next via bus, boat, train, bicycle and truck, and visits landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the Notre Dame Cathedral, as well as some lesser known (to many Americans, at any rate) landmarks. Luckily for us Americans, in the back of the book you will find detailed information about each site and its history!
Younger children will be interested in the story of the cat’s travels as well as poring over the illustrations to see where the cat is located in each picture, and older children (and adults!) will be exercising their brains to determine in what city and country each of the landmarks are located. Americans, at least, will likely learn some new facts about Europe and European landmarks. Who knew, for example, that there really is a Bridge of Sighs which is an actual bridge in Venice and not just a 70’s hit song by Robin Trower?
City Cat will be out in hardcover in November, and would make a fun and educational gift for readers from say, 6 to 12 years of age (although younger children will enjoy the illustrations and will have fun looking for the cat and older readers will also enjoy learning about the landmarks).
Kate Banks has written many books for children, among them Max’s Words, And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She grew up in Maine, where she and her two sisters and brother spent a lot of time outdoors, and where Banks developed an early love of reading. Banks attended Wellesley College and received her master’s in history at Columbia University. She lived in Rome for eight years but now lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons, Peter Anton and Maximilian.
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