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Publisher: Greenwillow (Harper Collins)
Release Date: September 21, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-059677-5
Format Reviewed: Hardcover
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Genre: Nonfiction / Haiku [Ages 4-8] 
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Carisa Weeaks
Reviewer Notes:  

If Not for the Cat
By Jack Prelutsky
Paintings by Ted Rand

       Haikus are the most difficult of the different styles of poetry to master, but Prelutsky, in “If Not for the Cat,” has brought to view the thoughts of the animals we have studied and marveled at for as long as humans and animals have coexisted. From mice to elephants to skunks, Prelutsky has captured the entirety of these incredible animals in a style of poetry that is known for its “minimalism.”

      I LOVE the illustrations! Ted Rand has done an INCREDIBLE job bringing the animals to life in such a stunning way. The skunk, I have to say, though, is my favorite. I couldn’t stop smiling as I slowly turned each page and read Prelutsky’s wonderful poetry. I recommend this book for any teacher or parent who would want to give their kids a way to enjoy their favorite animals and learn more about how amazing the written word is.