The children have been waiting all week to visit France. After all I do have the Eiffel Tower prop in the room so they were all curious to hear about the place where such a beautiful and romantic structure exists.
Both younger and older readers were treated to an interactive reading of The Cat Who Walked Across France written by Kate Banks.
This book, like the other books chosen for the younger ones this week, emphasized the beautiful attractions in France through pictures.
There once was a cat who lived in a stone cottage at the edge of the sea. His owner, an old woman died and he was shipped, along with all her other belongings, to Rouen. There was no one there to scratch his ears or feed him, the cat had been forgotten. The cat began a long journey, across France, to return to his home in San Tropez. He passed many historic sites including; The Rouen Cathedral, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, Mont Blanc and Pont Du Gard . He scrounged for food and fought off stray dogs. When he finally reached his destination he was frail and thin. He was relieved to see the stone cottage at the edge of the sea. The door was open, welcoming him. He walked in and snuggled up on the couch and fell asleep. Hours later he was awaken by the voices of curious children. The gave him food and water and stroked him gently...finally he was home.
Both younger and older readers LOVED this story. The younger readers mapped out the path the cat took to return home and coloured the French flag. My older readers answered some simple questions about the story. Everyone was happy today. After all Paris is the city of love!
Here are some pictures captured by Aunty Joanna.
Check out their beautiful painting of the Cat Who Walked Across France done in their Arty Pants Studio Sessions.