Cat is rather different from the other alley cats in the back streets of Paris. She can do anything she sets her mind to. Even if others don’t think so. Leaving her cat family behind, she sets off to explore the city and to sing and dance the night away. On her travels she meets the legendary Edith Piaf and Josephine Baker. Soon she’s famous. But is this the life for her? Cats have nine lives, after all…
I have to be honest, I was unsure what to think of Paris Cat as I read it through the first time. The illustrations are not appealing to me and I didn’t find it particularly eye catching. However, as I read it through again my ‘teacher brain’ started to go crazy with ideas and appreciate how significant this story could be.
The book is about a cat following her dreams and not being afraid to be different and stand out from the crowd. Lots of vital lessons for the classroom. The cat then follows her dreams and makes them come true, which again could open up so many interesting discussions within a classroom setting. But the main draw for me was the fact that the story features two historical figures, Josephine Baker and Edith Piaf, both of whom worked for the French Resistance during the Second World War. Therefore, reading this story with an older class studying WWII could open up a whole series of lessons and research opportunities.
Thank you to Tiny Owl Publishing for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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