Saturday, October 17, 2015

NEW Kids Picture Books: Day 17

Ketzel, the Cat who Composed 
by Leslea Newman. October 2015.

From Amazon: "A kitten’s stroll down a keyboard leads to a celebrated one-minute composition in this charming portrait of a remarkable true friendship.

Moshe Cotel was a composer who lived in a noisy building on a noisy street in a noisy city. But Moshe didn’t mind. Everything he heard was music to his ears. One day, while out for a walk, he heard a small, sad sound that he’d never heard before. It was a tiny kitten! "Come on, little Ketzel," Moshe said, "I will take you home and we will make beautiful music together." And they did—in a most surprising way. Inspired by a true story, Lesléa Newman and Amy June Bates craft an engaging tale of a creative man and the beloved cat who brings unexpected sweet notes his way."

My thoughts: We are a very musical family, my husband has written songs, and we had cats for a few years, so this was a cute book for us. It is a bit on the longer side, and is based on a true story (there is an author's note at the end giving more details), so while my 3-year-old sat through it and loved the idea of a cat playing piano, I don't think it was her favorite book. The rest of us enjoyed it though!

Recommended Age: 5-8 years

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