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The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank

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Told through the warm lens of a beloved pet, The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank captures the life of a young girl filled with promise in a way that young readers can appreciate and understand, with art by the NY Times bestselling illustrator of I DISSENT!

When Mouschi the cat goes with his boy, Peter, to a secret annex, he meets a girl named Anne. Bright, kind and loving, An
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Philomel Books (first published July 1st 2005)
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Abigail
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those Looking for Gentle Ways to Introduce Topics Like WWII, the Holocaust, Anne Frank
Mouschi the cat narrates this story about the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam during World War II, and how he went to live with his human boy, Peter, in a cramped attic hiding place, together with seven other people. Describing the persecution of the people he describes as "Yellow Stars," at the hands of those he labels "Black Spiders," because of the emblem they wear, Mouschi offers a cat's perspective on human affairs. In the hiding place, he meets a loving young girl named Anne, and witnesses he ...more
Shaye Miller
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Despite the somber topic, this is a gorgeous picture book biography. First, yes, Anne Frank had a cat named Mouschi. And, yes, Anne wrote her diary entries to "Kitty." :) The book is actually written from Mouschi's perspective as a cat witnessing Anne's life, but the pages also share bits and pieces from Anne's diary so that we kinda get two perspectives at once. It is a very gentle story since it does not go into details about Anne's demise. It ends on a very positive note about Anne's spirit.. ...more
Shiloah
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great introduction for children to Anne Frank and what her life was like.
Annie
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bio, childrens, meow
Lovely introduction to a dark part of history for young learners. Hard to begin to explain this to children and this is a nice ease-in, and a beautifully illustrated tribute to Anne Frank.
Raven Black
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poetic look at a short part of Frank's life told by a cat. Afterwards with historic information of the time and people. Great artwork. Picture of Anne's father at the *very* end touching ...more
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The Cat who Lived with Anne Frank by David Lee Miller and Steven Jay Rubin, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley. PICTURE BOOK Philomel Books (Penguin), 2019. $18 9781524741501

BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL – OPTIONAL

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

Mouschi is a black cat that goes into hiding with the Frank family during World War II. This cat sees some of the things that happen to Peter and Anne Frank as well as the invasion of the Nazi’s. Throughout the book, parts of Anne’s diary are quoted and it tel
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Chris
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Authors David Lee Miller and Steven Jay Rubin chose a loyal feline as the narrator for the “The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank.” Using Mouschi to tell the historic tale makes the book even more appealing to children.
The end pages set in nighttime Holland detail a peaceful scene, rooftops with yellow lights shining from windows, Mouschi leaping from one peak to another. But in actuality it wasn’t calm in Holland during Hitler’s regime when “Voor Joden Verboden” signs and Yellow Stars popped up lik
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Kris Dersch
I don't know how you decide when to introduce the Holocaust to younger students, and I know I wasn't ready to share this with my 6-year-old, but I do think it is important and this is how I would do it. The story is plainly told in language easy to understand and the pictures are really nice. Honestly, I don't know that the cat POV is totally needed here but it doesn't get in the way or distract. A really lovely way to tell a really hard story. ...more
Diane
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mouschi, Peter’s cat, tells the story of living in the hiding place with Anne Frank. He includes snippets from Anne’s diary as he describes the events that she is writing about.

Includes a note in the back giving additional information on Anne Frank and the other characters referenced in the book. Also include a bibliography for further reading.
Barbra
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Told through the eyes of Mouschi the cat, who lived with Anne Frank, young readers get a glimpse of how Anne and her family and friends hide from the Nazis, love each other and hope for peace. This story sensitively portrays the horrors of war and is an important book to share with children aged
6 to 8.
Relyn
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teachers and parents introducing the Holocaust.
Recommended to Relyn by: I am on the Missouri Show Me committee.
I loved this book. The art was terrific, the illustrations were great, even the pages felt good in the hand. I also thought this was a very sensitive introduction to a terrible time in history. Two thumbs up - way up.
Alice
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 - different perspective
Shari
Great beginner story of Anne Frank, told from the point of view of the cat that was in hiding with them. Wonderfully illustrated!
Marcie
Does make the Anne Frank story accessable to a younger audience.
Kelly
Sep 23, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019, animals, historical
Fictionalized version of a true story told from a cat's perspective. Really well done and great illustrations. More accessible version since it's told from an animal's POV. ...more
Lynne Marie
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There aren't enough words...any story about Anne is at once, inspiring and heartbreaking. A must-read, very accessible to children. ...more
Miss Sarah
An elementary picture book told from the perspecrive of the cat who resided with Anne Frank during the time she was hiding from the Nazi's. Very interesting. ...more
Alicia Evans
For: readers looking for a Holocaust lit book with a child-friendly lens.

Possible red flags: serious and dark subject matter that may need further explanations.
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