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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Happy National Poertry Month! In honor of this Illustrious event I reread So, What's it Like to be a Cat, a fun book written in verse by Karla Kuskin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin (Click Clack Moo). The boy asks his friend, "So, what's it like to be a cat," and the feline narrator replies "I'm very glad you asked me that," and goes on in great detail to explain his preferences and actions. In one of my favorite passages the cat answers the boy's question in this exchange,
We know you live with people. 'Ah yes...a few' Do you like them? Do they like you?
With my catlike dignity
it never has occurred to me
to wonder what they think of me.
At times they're dumb. At times they're sweet. they balance nicely on their feet. I do not think that I could do as well on merely two.