- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 4
- Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 56 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (March 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763664928
- ISBN-13: 978-0763664923
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Maine Coon's Haiku: And Other Poems for Cat Lovers Hardcover – March 10, 2015
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Gr 1–5—The brevity and poignancy of the haiku format perfectly capture the feline essence in this book of verse. Each spread defines an individual breed, some familiar and others less so, with a deft haiku and an inviting illustration about a brief moment. "American Shorthair" ("outside the old store/more strays sun as the screen door/bangs—bangs shut, again") depicts a slow, warm scene evoking senses of touch, sight, and sound, while "Turkish Angora" ("whooshing down the hall:/Angora, then her all-white/dust devil of hair") creates the feeling of speed and energy, with an image of a blur of white cat leaving fur balls in her wake. With rich colors and detailed, scratchy lines, each illustration uses clever page layouts and line work to convey movement or stillness as the featured cats dictate. Broken into alternating sections of "Inside" and "Outside," the book evokes the mood of the indecisive cat who always wants in—and, just as quickly—back out again. The volume concludes with back matter that provides a little more concrete information about each breed. Fans of the author's other collections, The Cuckoo's Haiku: And Other Birding Poems (2009) and The Hound Dog's Haiku: And Other Poems for Dog Lovers (2011, both Candlewick), will lap this one right up. VERDICT This attractive, delightful volume will enchant cat lovers and is a great selection for those who want to inject some life into their poetry collections.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Rosen presents one perfect haiku—five-seven-five with a burst of insight—each on 20 different cat breeds. ... Each poem is paired with a beautiful, digitally created full-color illustration by White... This perfect poetical paean to pussycats makes both a fine gift for a cat lover and an excellent haiku handbook.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The brevity and poignancy of the haiku format perfectly capture the feline essence in this book of verse.... This attractive, delightful volume will enchant cat lovers and is a great selection for those who want to inject some life into their poetry collections.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Each exquisitely crafted poem and image captures the personalities of the cats, the diversity of settings, and the quiet magic of each moment.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Often clarifying and enhancing the verse for young readers, White’s digital illustrations combine a sense of spontaneity in line work with strong composition and interesting textures. A worthy companion to Rosen’s The Hound Dog’s Haiku and Other Poems for Dog Lovers
There’s something about cats and haiku that just seems to go together, as noted poet Rosen demonstrates...
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Rosen’s other collections of pet and animal books have been popular with young readers and this adds another volume to the shelf of favorite animal poetry.
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If you're buying this book with a certain cat breed in mind, the breeds covered are Maine Coon, Ragdoll, Turkish Angora, Siamese, Russian Blue, Bombay, Norwegian Forest Cat, British Shorthair, American Shorthair, Burmese, Birman, Balinese, Himalayan, Japanese Bobtail, Abyssinian, Persian, Havana Brown, Scottish Fold, Bengal, and Manx.
Illustrated by Lee White
Candlewick Press, 2015
Recommended for grades 2+
I love this book! Each poem is about a different breed of cat, with a gorgeous illustration to treat our eyes. I want this book in my classroom! This collection feels so different from Rosen's The Cuckoo's Haiku: and Other Birding Poems. I love little things like: mud daises (muddy paw prints on cars). I brought a copy into school, and a student came up to me with book and hand and said: "I just want to curl up and read this in a quiet and dark room! The setting sun is such a good ending for the book." She then proceeded to tell me about her favorite poem, turned the page and told me that was another favorite, and the one on the next page was a favorite...etc, all while reading aloud favorite lines. That's solid feedback!
The poems are all in the haiku style, and are well-written. Each haiku is a reflection of the cat breed it accompanies. They also evoke the seasons nature, feelings of playfulness and enjoyment, and many other emotions. Young readers will enjoy the playful words, while older readers will catch the clever references contained within.
The illustrations are a whimsical delight. The individuality of each cat breed shines through the page, with complementary colors in the surrounding land- and house-scapes completing the designs. The cats are expressive and adorable. Readers will love picking out the individual cats in the American Shorthair scene, and determining the extent of the Persian's snowy annoyance.
An appendix with descriptions and histories of each breed complete the book, making it not just a lovely addition to a poetry collection, but a great book for kids who want to learn more about cats.
THE MAINE COON'S HAIKU is a perfect addition to every cat lover's collection.
Pros: A great introduction to haiku as well as a treat for all cat lovers. Fun illustrations.
Cons: An explanation of haiku will be necessary, as there is none in the book.