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Cat and Fish

Illustrated by Neil Curtis. Written by Joan Gant

Cat and Fish come from different worlds – he from the land, she from the sea. But when they meet in the park one night they like each other’s looks.

Cat shows Fish his world, teaching her how to climb, shelter from the rain and to keep warm. But Fish misses the sea, so Cat takes her back in a magical boat and meets her friends.

Eventually they decide they will live where the land meets the sea – at least until their next adventure!

The story of Cat and Fish captures the imagination of young and old and the illustrations by Neil Curtis are quite stunning and unique. Using pen and ink, Curtis creates engraving style pictures in black and white. As babies are fascinated by the contrast of black and white I can picture reading this book to an older sibling while baby brother or sister enjoys it too.

A definite hit with all the family!

Cat and Fish, by Neil Curtis & Joan Grant
Lothian, 2003

One Leaf Rides the Wind

Written by Celeste Davidson Mannis. Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung.

One leaf rides the wind.

Quick as I am, it’s quicker!

Just beyond my grasp.

More than your average counting book… the illustrations and text within this book reveal both the pleasure and the tranquility of the Japanese garden, while introducing *haiku, with ten poems that are simple and easy to follow. Lovely illustrations capture the beauty of the garden and reveal its hidden secrets, page by page.

This book is a treat and one that I can see us coming back to again and again…perhaps we’ll try our own haiku poetry when my little girl is older and we hope to visit a real Japanese garden for ourselves one day.

What do flowers dream?

Adrift on eight pond pillows,

pink-cheeked blossoms rest.

*Haiku is a form of poetry that originated in Japan many hundreds of years ago. The poems are very brief, often recited in a single breath.

One Leaf Rides the Wind, by Celeste Davidson Mannis & Susan Kathleen Hartung

Penguin, 2005