- Book Style: Cause and effect story for toddlers and children
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 3-5 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Cute, fun, old-style cartoon
- Age Target: 1-6 Years of Age
- Author: Sherry Skovgaard
- Author’s Page: Sherry Skovgaard
- Book Purchase Page: This is My cat – Amazon Paperback – $9.25
- Social Media Links: N/A
This Is My Cat is what you would call a cause and effect story book for toddlers and children. It’s written by Sherry Skovgaard in a style that reminds me of a nursery rhyme. While the story starts off simply enough (with a little girl who loves her cat), it quickly morphs into an event driven tale. Each event causes another event (and so on) until finally a herd of cows knocks over a water tower. This leaves the town and the kids in it with a water slide. Now who wouldn’t love a cat that’s caused all this?
One of the best things about this book is that it starts out in a positive way and ends in a positive way. There’s a lot that goes on in between those positives, but as parents you know that your child is starting and ending with a smile. Of course that makes this a positive book for parents of toddlers, as you don’t need to scare your little ones just before they head to bed. I like that the author intentionally leaves us with a happy thought and I promise you will too.
Despite how great the positive nature of the book is, there is still something better to point out. The best thing about the book is how it’s been created as a cause and effect story. My little toddler loved the fact that the cat started the whole set of events off by simply scaring a dog, and he loved watching each and every reaction after that cause another reaction. He was laughing more and more as we walked through the story and his laughing hit a real high level when the train released cows. I guess he thought it was funny that cows were coming out of a train?
Speaking of laughing, I’m pretty sure that he was laughing because of some of the illustrations in this book. My favorite was probably the cows, as they looked silly but still realistic. The style of the illustrations reminds me of an older 90’s era cartoon where the characters are cute but a little less complex than some of the television shows and/or books out there today. I think that’s great, as it allows a little imagination to creep in with our children instead of having every detail there for their eyes to digest.
Within the illustrations, there’s a little extra hidden in this book. The main character (our beloved cat) is hidden on every page as a bit of a hide-and-seek game for you and your toddler. In some cases, the cat isn’t really hiding at all but is part of the scene. However, there are a lot of pages that your toddler will spend some time staring at in order to find the cat. Where’s Waldo (the cat) anyone?
In the end, this is a cute story book for toddlers that’s priced at only $9.25 USD (paperback). It’s a positive story for toddlers that features a fun and different style of storytelling usually reserved for nursery rhymes. It’s fun and witty, and that includes the illustrations. As such it’s easy to recommend for purchase from Amazon.
Thanks for reading…with your toddlers,