We couldn’t have a French week on the blog without visiting Paris and who better to guide us than a high-kicking cat with dreams of becoming an entertainer!
Cat was born in an alleyway behind a fishmongers, and although she loved playing with her brothers, sisters and cousins, she couldn’t help but wonder if there wasn’t more out there to explore. So off she went, soaking up the atmosphere in a crowded café, napping under a table in an exclusive atelier and marvelling at Josephine Baker’s performance in a club. This, she decided, was the life for her.
But Cat soon started to miss her rowdy family. Was this really the life for her? Surely there must be a way to combine all of her passions?
This book left me with a big smile on my face. I loved the glorious depiction of 1920s Paris in all its smoky, jazz-filled glory and I loved sassy Cat who was determined to follow her dreams despite doubt from those all around her.
As a teacher, this book is an absolute goldmine of opportunities – whether you’re doing a study of France, learning about celebrated jazz singers or finding out about the Second World War, there’s something here for everything. Did you know that both Edith Piaf and Josephine Baker worked for the French Resistance during WW2? I didn’t until I read this book!
An exuberant, joyous read!
*Many thanks to Tiny Owl Publishing for sending me this title to review*
One thought on “‘Paris Cat,’ by Dianne Hofmeyr, illustrated by Piet Grobler.”
Now this is one for me. I love the era, and the character, and most of all, I love the artwork. A very exciting book release and one I will definitely be having as soon as I dare enter Waterstones!
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