I've found I'm a little superstitious, thanks to one grandfather who taught me about ladders and umbrellas, also to count stairs, and to step over one if I found there were THIRTEEN! And when I had a wonderful cat that was dark grey, we were extra careful on Friday the 13th or on Halloween because too many wanted to catch these cats and play tricks, or something worse. You can discover more about what people believe about black cats as fearful here, and I'm glad the same article also mentions the good side too.
But for me, even on this Friday the 13th, I prefer to celebrate Charles Chigna's A Carnival of Cats, a book of wonderful poems for young children. I just bought it for my youngest granddaughter who loves ALL books, but discovered she really liked poetry when I read Lullaby & Kisses Sweet (Lee Bennett Hopkins and Alyssa Nassner) to her one day. Then I found I See Fall by Charles, and that too was a hit.You should know that Imogene also loves to sing and already has learned many songs. I guess she has the rhyming bug, right?
A Carnival of Cats is a board book with simple rhymes that describe different kinds of cats, like Orange and black/from head to toe. Could that be (turn the page) a calico! For someone who loves rhymes and cats, has three cats who live inside and feeds two strays, it's a perfect book. The illustrations by Kristi Bridgeman show happy cats swinging on trapezes, running, jumping, snuggling. They're colorful, and true to each breed.
Thanks to Charles, and others, it's been delightful finding poetry for younger children, wonderful for my granddaughters, and also for gifts to young parents. For those who love poetry AND cats, Carnival of Cats is perfect.