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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Carrot written by Vanita Oelschlager and illustrated by Kristin Blackwood is a beautifully illustrated book that follows an orange cat as she makes a truly wonderful discovery.
Carrot is a city cat who has a wonderful family, a nice house, and a fun life of exploration. One day Carrot spies a beautiful white cat aboard a yacht and begins to imagine how much better her life would be if she lived in luxury. Fortunately she soon realizes that in order to live that life, which may look good on the surface, it would require her to sacrifice the things she loves. That life may not be so great after all and she decided to just be who she is.
What a great message to share with our children who are surrounded by the idea that bigger, richer, newer is always better! Be happy with what you have because that better life quite often comes with its own set of sacrifices.
My daughter enjoyed both the illustrations and the story, especially seeing the world for a cat's point of view. I enjoyed the message the book imparted. All in all a win-win for us!