“The Catawampus Cat”
The new cat enters the town walking askew.
The grocer and his wife try to straighten out the cat but to no avail. They wonder what is wrong with the cat. “Maybe he’s noticing something.” So they tilt their heads and discover something.
As the tilted cat strolls through town, people discover they can see better from different angles. Soon the entire town has gone askew. Then the cat stretches and straightens himself out, once again catawampus.
This book promotes originality, perspective, and being unique.
TITLE: The Catawampus Cat
AUTHOR: Jason Carter Eaton
ILLUSTRATOR: Gus Gordon
PUBLISHER: Crown Books for Young Readers, 2017
AGE GROUP: 6-9
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, perspective, unique
1) Brainstorm ways to see the world around you differently by asking how else might I see things around me.
Here are a few thoughts to get you started:
ride a Tilt-a-Whirl
spin on a Sit-and-Spin slow and fast
use a protractor to create an image from multiple angles
hang upside down from the monkey bars at the playground
2) Grab a dictionary and find unusual words. Make a list of these uncommon words with their definitions. Choose one of the words to create a character and/or story.
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