Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Book Review: 'White Cat Black Cat' by Sigal Adler

The beautiful Israeli children's books author, Sigal Adler, just keeps adding to her now rather impressive number of books for children. Each of her books was written in Hebrew and as they became best sellers in Israel she decided to have them translated into English to benefit an even broader range of children. Now it seems she is writing in English as no translator is mentioned! The stories are not only entertaining but they also carry some subtle messages to those children fortunate enough to read them - or have them read to them. This book is enhanced by illustrator/artists Lintang Pandu Pratiwi and Rino Adi –fine new guests in Sigal’s cadre of artists.

Sigal’s rhyming pattern is always eloquent as the opening page attests – ‘It was a terrible day for the perky black cat His owner adopted a dog – just like that! A poodle too small to even harm a mouse Who acted as if he could rule the whole house.’ At first the poodle attempts to snuggle up to the black cat, but that gesture is met with a swipe on the nose of the poodle and the poodle is hurt then angry and a war begins and the two tear up the house and are sent outside. ‘The pair were in shock as they scooted outside, Where the blustering wind made them both terrified. They sat there so worried beside the blue door, Trembling and hungry upon the cold floor.’ The inclement weather results in the poodle and the cat snuggling for warmth and gradually they become friends – the cat content to snooze inside the house, the poodle preferring take walks on a leash – the loves baths, the cat fears them. But they do find common ground - the owner loves them both – and they are happy at last.
A charming, entertaining story with a fine lesson about differences and friendship that children will love - and incorporate into their view of the world. Grady Harp, April 17
This book is free on Kindle Unlimited.

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