Book Review: Square Cat

Author/Illustrator: Elizabeth Schoonmaker
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Interest Level: Ages 4-8

From the Book Jacket: Eula is a square cat living in a round world. Try as she might, Eula just doesn't fit in. Circle skirts, hoop earrings, doughnuts galore, nothing can change who she really is - a square cat. But what if her uniqueness is what makes her truly special? Author and illustrator Elizabeth Schoonmaker's debut picture book shows that it really is hip to be square.   

Why It's On My Bookshelf: Square Cat I'm so happy I've discovered you!! How did you know my bookshelf needed you? Actually, it's my students who really needed you. Students need books that say - you're beautiful and okay just the way you are! I talked to  kids about something a lot of us go through as we are growing up...sometimes we question who we are...just like Eula. She is trying to figure out how to fit her square self in what appears to be a round world. It's easy to forget our own beauty when we get focused on everyone else. But it's her friends who get her to see she already has her own gifts - not flaws. Being square is a gift and she actually fits in just fine! As one student said, "She shouldn't try to be like everyone else. I want her to be herself. I like her."  Strong message in this very lovely book and perfectly illustrated. Another student said, "Ohhhh, Eula is so cute!" I'm hoping for a series.

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  1. Roxanne, thanks for the important work you do, informing us of touching books that are useful for those of us who work with kids.

  2. Aww, that seems like such a cute book. I'll be on the look out for that. We've been talking a lot about differences that make us unique and awesome this year.

  3. "Square Cat" looks adorable! Although this book is geared towards ages 4-8, the message of this book transcends age. I think the older elementary aged students I work with would benefit from reading this book.

  4. We just got this from the library and love it!