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4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
On Lisette's farm there are many animals. Lisette loves her animals and they are all very happy--except Pitschi, the smallest kitten. Pitschi wants to be something different. It takes a terrifying night in a strange place and a warm homecoming for Pitschi to discover that what she really wants is to be a kitten after all. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by NorthSouth (first published 1947)
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Mar 11, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat lovers
Totally picked this up because of the cover: a cat AND a moon. This utterly adorable picture book, first published in 1947, has been re-released by North South Books, who always seems to print the coolest books from across the ocean ( Pitschi is "a kitten who always wanted to be something else," and I think this could make a fun puppet show or storytelling with some tweaking.

Hans Fischer has a great way with line, much like Jules Feiffer; some of his kittens seem to be
May 04, 2010 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Originally published in Switzerland in 1947 and then first published in the US in 1953, this book is a classic that I had never read before. Old Lisette has two cats, five kittens, and a dog who are near her playing as she knits outside. That is all of the kittens are playing except for one who is sitting still and dreaming. Pitschi is much more interested in exploring and dreaming than playing with her siblings. So off she heads into the farmyard. There she finds a rooster who struts proudly. P ...more
Mar 24, 2011 Kristen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children, cat-lovers
Recommended to Kristen by: Lerner Publishing Group
I bought this hard-bound copy at the 2011 ALA Midwinter Conference, and I plan to give it to a friend's child soon. The pictures capture many characteristics of a cat that only someone who is a cat-lover can convey. Pitschi, the little scrawny black cat (with a tuxedo coat of color), endures an epic journey in which she ponders what it would be like to be many other animals, survives an illness with bravery and Madeleine-esque vulnerability, and discovers how many, many farm animals have become ...more
Mar 14, 2010 Tamara rated it really liked it
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Becky's right: the kitten tucked into the huge bed is definitely the best illustration, as it is completely adorable.

I do wonder about creating a list of picture books with animals dealing with identity crises. There seem to be a lot of them!

Favorite Quote:

Sleeping on a bench next to her were the cats Mauli and Ruli. Their five kittens had just turned six weeks old. Two of them, Grigri and Groggi, were wrestling. Patschi was playing with a ball of wool, and Negri was trying to climb to broom.
Jan 02, 2014 Sabine rated it it was amazing
Da war ein grosser Zeichner am Werk! Entsprechend eingängig sind die Bilder, die man sein Leben lang nicht mehr vergessen wird.
Die Geschichte erzählt vom kleinen Pitschi, das nicht mit seinen Geschwistern spielen will, sondern ein anderes Tier sein möchte. Ein Hahn? Eine Ziege? Eine Ente? Ein Hase? Oh, Pitschi gerät in grosse Not und die Kinder müssen um es zittern! Aber natürlich geht alles gut aus!
Dec 04, 2010 Teresa rated it it was amazing
This is a story of a kitten that wants to be anything but a kitten. He tries to be so many other things but as he tries each one he learns he doesn't want to be that after all. Great story to read when students are trying to be something their not or are not happy with themselves.
Aug 05, 2014 Carla rated it it was amazing
I'm trying to cut back on the number of children's books I buy (they're slowly taking over my house!), but I couldn't resist this lovely book about a kitten who wants to be something else. The illustrations are lovely, and Pitschi, the main character, is spirited.
Oct 26, 2010 Tara rated it liked it
Too long for storytime, but a beautiful story about a kitten who tried being all the other animals on the farm until she learned to be happy being herself.
Feb 25, 2015 Jamie rated it it was amazing
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This was my favorite book as a child. It teaches kids that the best thing they can be is themselves. It's such a cute story with a good message.
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