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Cat and Fish by Joan Grant

Cat and Fish (2003)

by Joan Grant

Other authors: Neil Curtis (Illustrator)

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Cat and fish come from two different worlds, but they like the way each other looks. Cat and fish share their worlds with each other as cat shows fish how to climb and fish introduces cat to all of his friends in the water. After cat and fish spend time exploring each other's worlds, they decide to live on the beach where the sea and land meet, awaiting their next adventure together.

My personal reaction:
The message of this book is both positive and strong: even the most different of individuals can overcome their differences and become great friends. The word placement also makes the book visually appealing as some words and phrases are altered to mimic the meaning of the words. For example, the phrase, "They played in the maze. Fish lurked and cat prowled." is written in a circle and, "He showed fish how to climb" is written on an incline to mimic the act of climbing.

A couple of uses:
- Use the book to demonstrate the use of black ink and pen in art. Have students work on an art project that uses only black and white.
- Have students discuss times when they were glad or surprised after they tried something new. Ask, "How did you feel leading up to it/before it?" and "How did you feel after trying it?"

This book qualifies as fantasy as the cat and fish go on adventures and do things that are not of this world.

Black ink and pen ( )
  Lucymae | Feb 15, 2016 |
A rather unremarkable story in which a cat becomes friends with a fish. The illustrations, which match up with the text exactly, are 'pen and ink' (according to the back copyright page) but drawn to resemble an etching. I suppose this explains the choice of a black and white palette. Personally, I see no real reason to be producing black and white books for children these days -- I find kids are generally better engaged by colour. Unless of course there's a narrative reason for it... But I can't really see what it is, here. ( )
  LynleyS | Nov 13, 2014 |
When Cat encounters Fish one night, in the course of his rambling through the park, the two animals are much taken with one another, despite their differences, and set out to explore their two worlds together. A fish out of water? A cat happily paddling in the water? Not likely! But if you can get past these unlikely scenarios - many of which, like cat and fish's canoe ride through the stars, read like dream sequences - you will discover a simple, appealing story of friendship and exploration.

More to the point, you will encounter a picture-book that is visually stunning, with gorgeous engraving/woodcut-style pen and ink artwork by Neil Curtis. In fact, Cat and Fish was named "Picture-Book of the Year" by The Children's Book Council of Australia, an honor it fully deserved! Full-page illustrations, and a brief text that is formatted in innovative ways - sometimes it rises, like the characters themselves; sometimes it undulates, like the water it describes; and sometimes it goes in straight line, like the simple story, when it is moving forward - make this a book to savor. I enjoyed it so much that I think I'll read the sequel, Cat and Fish Go to See! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 22, 2013 |
A sweet, simple book with a great message. The artwork is absolutely amazing! ( )
  PitcherBooks | Feb 14, 2009 |
a story about Cat and Fish who are best friends but are separated by their intrinsic differences. It's a good story that illustrates how people can work through some differences, but may have to endure others.
  christoa | Dec 5, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0734404816, Hardcover)

Cat and Fish discover each other one night and spark a most unlikely friendship. Follow Cat and Fish through mazes, under hide-outs, over cities, and in the ocean.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:53 -0400)

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 and teaches her how to climb, how to take shelter from the rain, and how to stay warm. But Fish misses the sea, so Cat takes her back and meets her friends and discovers the water world. Then the trouble starts. Opposites may attract, but can they find common ground and stay friends? Neil Curtis's stunning black-and-white illustrations make this whimsical story of how two unlikely soul mates overcome their differences spring to life, enchanting young readers and their parents alike.… (more)

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