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Only the Cat Saw

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Follows the adventures of Small Cloud from its birth to Singing River and Big Sun, through its travels across the country, and its final evolution into rain.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Walker & Company (first published September 1st 1985)
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Oh, how I love this little book!!! First and foremost because that very handsome, inquisitive and observant orange tabby cat reminds me so much of my beloved childhood cat--bib and all ;-) This is such a gentle, lovely story about a busy and loving family and their nighttime activities, like finishing dinner and getting ready for bed; they are so absorbed in one another and what they are doing that they don't notice many of the beautiful things happening outside, "only the cat saw." Some of the ...more
Lisa Vegan
Jul 10, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every child, particularly those who love cats, animals, books; readers looking for family stories
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
Oh, I just love this charming picture book, heavy on pictures.

And what a lovely surprise. At my public library we can request books to be sent to the branch of our choice, so I’m always reading books from the main library and many branches, all sent to my branch. The copy of the book I received is from the Chinatown branch AND when I turned to the title page, it’s obvious the author-illustrator was there, probably reading to children. The book is autographed by the author “For the readers at the
Sweet picture book with beautiful illustrations that show "what the cat saw" when everyone else was busy. A reminder to pause every now and again and enjoy the wonderful things going on around us that we might be missing.
I've been reading this to the kids before bedtime and I love this story for so many reasons:
It's about a cat and I do love cats
I love the story telling, my daughter already asks about "Amy"
I love the wordless pages so I can tell my own story describing what the cat saw, and I can have the kids pick out objects they see and tell me what the cat saw
I love any book that shows a mom nursing her baby
And I also love the illustrations and the fact they live on a farm and it's sort of idyllic, simple, a
Jan 02, 2013 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Abigail A.
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Pretty pictures and a nice story combine to make a soothingly hypnotic tale. The book synchs up nicely with kids' natural curiosity about their world, and mirrors their openness to all that's around them. My niece and nephew liked it, and they seemed to enjoy the cat's nighttime adventures. The book was well received, but I don't know that this will have much of a lasting impact on them. Honestly, though, not every story needs to make a lasting impression; sometimes simple fleeting ones are good ...more
This is a book that I will definitely return to as my son gets a bit older. It is a very simple story moving from the end of the day (afternoon/early evening) through the night and into the next day. The text pages are followed by non-textual pages that invite children to engage with the illustrations and point out 'what the cat saw'. It seems to be out-of-print, but as I collect children's books centered around cats, I may look for a copy that I can purchase for our home.
Very sweet picture book which shows a family of four going about their busy evening. The cat is the only one observing what's happening outside. One nice surprise was a nice illustration of the mom nursing a baby in the nighttime--a rarity in picture books and would be a great way to introduce the concept of a new baby to a preschool aged child.
To sum up: I love Ashley Wolff and she can do no wrong.
This can be just a story or used as subtle baby prep. As a story, it tells about the activity in a family throughout the night. The cat sees many cool things that everyone else misses. Thee are shown without words on big two page illustrations. For baby prep, this book shows a family with a young baby, particularly a large illustration of mom breastfeeding in the middle of the night.
Ellen Ramsey
Throughout the evening and the night, everyone in the family was preoccupied (or asleep) so that "only the cat saw" many wondrous sights—the sunset, the lightning bugs, the owl and the mouse, the shooting star, the lightning, and the sunrise. But in the morning, when the cat is sound asleep, only Amy saw . . . A perfect picture book--I loved the illustrations and the surprise ending.
This has a beautiful tone and illustrations with deep color saturation, but I have no idea what it's about, whatsoever. Maybe it isn't about anything, and that's usually okay but I really don't get it and that doesn't happen a lot.
Wolff's art is gorgeous
family is settling in for bed but nocturnal kitty is not
peaceful story
Jul 30, 2008 Traca rated it 4 of 5 stars
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One of our favorite bedtime books! We love the pages without words - great way to make up a story about what the cat is doing in each picture.
One of my favorite cat books with illustrations by one of my favorite illustrators.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This one made me want to be out there prowling with the cat!
Jobiska (Cindy)
Lovely illustrations.
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