Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Cat Talk

Moser, Barry (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9780060279783 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 811
Book type: Picture Book
Book genre: Poetry

Text Elements:

character, recurring patterns

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Anyone who has ever owned a cat—or been owned by one—knows that no two are like. Each of the poems in this book is written in the voice of a different cat: Tough Tom was initially scared, “But you opened the window/And I walked in”; Alice is a big fan of baths, and even likes the taste of soap; Bett introduces us to her three kittens, which, if it were up to her, would be named Sleepy, Noisy and Trouble; while Sylvie, the boss, runs the show.

The free-verse poems are accessible and narratively driven, each one telling the story of that particular cat’s origins, predilections or misbehaviour.

Each cat gets a portrait: the realistic transparent watercolours depict the fluffy Persian, whose eyes are hardly visible; the black-and-white “lover cat”; Romeo, rubbing its owner’s hand; and the bath-loving tabby perched on the edge of the tub.

These poems sweetly celebrate the felines’ cuddles and mischief: cats will be cats. That’s how we love them and, as these kitties tell us, they love us too.

  •  Think about pets you know. If they could talk, what do think they would say?
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    Look at the structures and features of the poems. List things you notice about them. How are they similar and different?

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    Decide on a favourite animal or one you would like to have. Use one of the poems as a model to write your own poem in the same style.

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    As the poems are read aloud, make connections with the pets you know.

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    Collect interesting words or phrases depicting characteristics of cats. Keep them on hand in preparation for writing your own poem.

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    Decide on a favourite animal or one you would like to have. Use one of the poems as a model to write your own poem in the same style. Include some of your collected vocabulary.

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology