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Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?

by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Rae Maté

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list price: $18.95
edition:Hardcover
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published: May 2011
ISBN:9781897476468
publisher: Simply Read Books
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In the classic nursery rhyme "Pussycat, Pussycat," Pussycat travels to London to visit the Queen. But where else does Pussycat go? These vivid, dreamy poems and illustrations reveal the rest of Pussycat's adventures. The trips take readers to far-flung, magical places of the world and also deeper into Pussycat's heart, as they learn what he wishes for, what soothes his sorrow, where he hides when he is scared, and what happens when he gets lost.

About the Authors
Dan Bar-el is an award-winning children’s author, educator, and storyteller whose books include Audrey (Cow), Not Your Typical Dragon, and The Very, Very Far North. Dan has worked with children ages three to thirteen as a school-age childcare provider, a preschool teacher, a creative drama teacher, and a creative writing teacher. He also teaches with the Creative Writing for Children Society. Dan lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with artist and goldsmith Dominique Bréchault, and Sasha, the most adorable cat in the known universe. Visit him at DanBarel.com.
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Dan Bar-el is an award-winning children’s author, educator, and storyteller whose books include Audrey (Cow), Not Your Typical Dragon, and The Very, Very Far North. Dan has worked with children ages three to thirteen as a school-age childcare provider, a preschool teacher, a creative drama teacher, and a creative writing teacher. He also teaches with the Creative Writing for Children Society. Dan lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with artist and goldsmith Dominique Bréchault, and Sasha, the most adorable cat in the known universe. Visit him at DanBarel.com.
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Contributor Notes

Dan Bar-el is a children's author, educator, and storyteller. Dan currently facilitates unique storytelling programs, visits schools and libraries, and lives and thrives in Vancouver along with the most adorable kitten in the known universe.

Rae Maté's art is nourished by her lifelong passion for children's picture books. She painted these acrylic-on-paper illustrations in her home studios in Vancouver and Hornby Island, BC.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 6
Grade:
p to 3

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Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?

Dan Bar-el’s creative extension of the Mother Goose rhyme is a lyrical journey perfectly accompanied by Rae Maté’s dreamy paintings. As the illustrations show, a young girl is asking Pussycat to recount tales of his travels, which the pair re-enact by puppet show under the light of a whiskery moon. This framing works magically. Young readers see, through the pair’s imagination, Pussycat’s adventures in France, the far north, Egypt and beyond, his encounters with zany characters and kind strangers, and also his isolation, fear and loneliness.

The exploration of the child’s voice adds an additional layer to this well-loved rhyme. While the tale is Pussycat’s, it is through the child’s questions that the story is discovered. That the young girl was so much in his thoughts while Pussycat was away is also deep and affirming. She asks, “Pussycat, Pussycat, / What kept you brave?” and he fittingly answers, “To know you were waiting / Beyond the next wave.”

Bar-el and Maté have imbued this book with the timeless spirit of a Mother Goose rhyme. Maté’s artwork, rich in colour and texture, depicts vintage steam trains and oil lanterns. Bar-el’s language is beautiful, with loving attention given to natural scansion and rhyme, enhancing the flow of the story. Even the artful illustration of the initial letters lends to the book’s classic appeal. My children, aged 4 through 10, are convinced this is how the rhyme has always been. I’m happy and convinced that this is the way they will always recall it.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2011. Volume 34 No. 4.

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Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?

This book expands on the classic nursery rhyme, describing the intrepid adventures of Pussycat after he leaves London. Join him as he sails down the Seine in France, ventures to the far north, where he sees pods of grey whales, and eventually ends up back at home with his partner and friend. We also learn more about Pussycat’s sorrows, wishes and fears.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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