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Book Review and Giveaway: Big Cat, Little Kitty and One Wolf Howls. End Dec 19th

Big Cat, Little Kitty by Scotti Cohn illustrated by Susan Detwiler.


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Big cats are fierce predators that roam the world from the mountains to the deserts. How are these wild cats that hunt for their food the same as pet cats that might chase a mouse or ball of yarn? How are they different? Children learn the days of the week as they travel to seven different world habitats to meet the big cats, and then back home to compare and contrast the domestic cat s behavior to that of its relative. This book introduces children to counting and the months of the year as they watch the seasons change.

My Review: The author introduces us to seven wild cats like the tiger, cheetah, lion, snow leopard, cougar, jaguar, bobcat and pet cats in their different habitats. On different days of the week, each wild cat and the kitties are asked questions about whom they are and their habitat.

“Who are you?” asks a gibbon. “And whose jungle is this?” The big cat growls, “I am Tiger, and this is MY jungle.” She chases gibbon up a tree. That same night, a spider asked the same questions. The little kitty growls, I am Tiggy, and this is MY porch.” She chases spider under a plant stand.

What I found funny was when the tables were turned on the wild cat. When a bobcat steps out of the woods unto a fresh cut grass he saw sitting on a lawn a kitty and a dog. The wild cat bobcat asked, “Who are you? And whose backyard is this?” The dog growls and barks. “I am King.” Little kitty hisses and puffs out her fur. “I am Queenie.” Together they shout, “This is OUR backyard!” The bobcat screams and bounds across the lawn and disappears into the woods.

This book isn’t only a fun picture book but it’s full of 4 pages of educational activities like:

  • What are cats and how are they related?
  • Cats of the World: A map and matching activity
  • Cat senses and adaptations
  • Cat true and false questions

This is an easy to read book with great illustrations that will have any child interested in the world of animals. I highly recommend this book for classroom reading as it introduces children to counting.

Ages: 4 and up

Pages: 32

One Wolf Howls by Scotti Cohn illustrated by Susan Detwiler.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a wolf? What would you do in the cold winter months? Where would you sleep? What would you eat? Spend a year in the world of wolves in One Wolf Howls. This adventurous children’s book uses the months of the year and the numbers 1 through 12 to introduce children to the behavior of wolves in natural settings. The lively, realistic illustrations of Susan Detwiler complement the rhyming text and bring each month to life. From January to December, howl, frolic, and dance, while learning important lessons page-by-page!

My Review: I love the educational rhyming of this book that uses the months of the year and the numbers 1 through 12 to introduce children to the behavior of wolves in their natural environment. The story begins with one wolf who howls in the January moonlight and two wolves playing in February’s snowfall month to 12 wolves singing a December chorus.

It also provides 5 pages of educational facts and activities.

  • Wolf Communications Matching Activity
  • Wolf Fun Facts
  • Wolf Life Cycle
  • Wolf Calendar Activity
  • Hunting
  • Endangered Wolves

The realistic illustration by Susan Detwiler brings the book to life with the warm and cool colors.

Ages: 5 and up

Pages: 32

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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November 30, 2011 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , ,


  1. This book would be a gift….,
    to reinforce our wonderful visits to the zoo,
    to see the giant cats..
    and since we have house cats, at home…
    we would smile to see how similar they are!

    What a treasure in a book!

    Comment by pumpkinlady430 | November 30, 2011 | Reply

  2. I am definitely a cat person. I’ve been fascinated by all kinds of cats for as long as I can remember. Wolves are perennially popular. Either book would be a great addition to my library. I like the idea of comparing the big cats with the small cats, because besides the obvious differences there are definite similarities as well.

    Comment by Heidi Grange | November 30, 2011 | Reply

  3. Anything with a tiger in it would be a hit in our house. My little guy LOVES animals (especially tigers). And learning about wolves also sounds great. These both sound like interesting, educational books.

    Comment by domestic diva | November 30, 2011 | Reply

  4. I love the illustrations and I bet my son would too!

    Comment by Crunchy Con Mommy | December 1, 2011 | Reply

  5. I love that these books have activities in them and teach while the readers learn about these different animals. Loved the video and the growling and meowing included. 🙂 Commented on interview.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | December 1, 2011 | Reply

  6. These books would be great to read prior to a visit to the zoo to see the wolves & big cats, animals my grandkids are fascinated with. My grandkids would also love to compare their cat Baby Girl to wild cats.

    tmyoung at rochester dot rr dot com

    Comment by Teresa Young | December 2, 2011 | Reply

  7. I collect books about dogs and their wild cousins, and would be interested to compare canine behavior traits. Very imaginative video, and I like how it connects to other brief wolf videos!

    Comment by Nancy Furstinger (@AnimalAuthor) | December 2, 2011 | Reply

  8. We love animals so these books look great.

    Comment by amandasue | December 3, 2011 | Reply

  9. I like that these books are educational…that the kids can learn about different cats and also the different seasons from the other book. And reading about them in a fun way is a bonus! 🙂

    Comment by Kristie | December 5, 2011 | Reply

  10. How sweet big cats. The illustrations look adorable

    Comment by Gloria | December 5, 2011 | Reply

  11. I love all books about animals, fiction and nonfiction. I read with my boys everyday and books that teach are always the best.

    Comment by Daily Woman | December 5, 2011 | Reply

  12. What a unique concept for a book to involve big cats, changing seasons, and different environments, I love it! I think my daughters would enjoy the rhyming and youngest the pictures. Thanks for a great looking book!

    Comment by larissa brunken | December 7, 2011 | Reply

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