Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed (Lesléa Newman)

Hello friends! Today, we read Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed, written by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Amy June Bates. This is a charming tale, based on a true story, of a very special cat.

Moshe is a composer, and spends every day listening outside of himself, and inside of himself, to the sounds that inspire his work. One day, he is listening to the sounds of the city when he hears a small sound: a kitten, or “ketzel” in Yiddish. He brings Ketzel home and teaches him about music and composing, and so begins a surprising adventure of inspiration and creation for the two friends.

This book was so adorable and fun. The story of the composer and his cat is heartwarming, funny, and has a wonderful message about the nature and power of music and creativity. The illustrations are very sweet, and will make you want to reach through the page to cuddle the adorable kitten Ketzel. The story was really interesting, too! I had never heard of Ketzel, and it was cool to read about her in the non-fiction section at the end of the book. The only thing was that this book was a little long for a one-year-old, and JJ started getting pretty antsy towards the end. Still, older children would love this one, and so it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

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