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. Volume XXIV Number 3. . . .September 22, 2017
In recent years, a proliferation of simple texts in graphic novel format has made practise reading a lot more fun. Think Ashley Spires’ “Binky the Cat” series. Think the “Flying Beaverton Brothers”. Or Harper’s own “Fashion Kitty” books, which are for a slightly older audience.
The story here revolves around little Birdie, a girl who loves to do crafts to the point where she has developed an alter ego named Crafty Cat who can make almost anything – but that’s a secret. It’s Birdie’s birthday, and she has made some panda cupcakes which she is proudly bears to school for a classroom tradition, the “birthday break”. As she walks along, she imagines the reception she will get:
Unfortunately, Birdie takes a tumble on the street, and not only are the treats and her dress spoiled, but she is accused of being a litterbug by a passing busybody.
Only crabby Anya likes the olives (although she won’t admit it), and in the absence of anything the rest of the class will eat, Birdie (aka Crafty Cat) has the kids get down to making Panda Pals with paper and scissors and markers.
Ellen Heaney is a retired children’s librarian living in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
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