Big Cat, Little Kitty

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Big Cat, Little Kitty
Big cats are fierce predators that roam the world from the mountains to the deserts. How are these wild cats that hunt for their food the same as pet cats that might chase a mouse or ball of yarn? How are they different? Children learn the days of the week as they travel to seven different world habitats to meet the big cats, and then back home to compare and contrast the domestic cat’s behavior to that of its relative.

This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor and rhyming text includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 49-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Big Cat, Little Kitty is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension. Tap animals and other things that make noise to hear their sounds.

Written by Scotti Cohn, Illustrated by Susan Detwiler
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-9, Grades PK-3, Lexile: AD 500, AR: 2.7, F&P: N
Hardcover 9781607181248 $16.95  
Paperback 9781607181347 $8.95  
Spanish Hardcover 9781607186908 $17.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628554076 $11.95  
Portuguese Paperback 9781643514093 $11.95  
French Paperback 9781643517278 $11.95  
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Spanish EBook 9781628551327 Purchase Here
Portuguese EBook 9781643514123 Purchase Here
Indonesian EBook 9781643513683 Purchase Here
French EBook 9781643517377 Purchase Here
Keywords:   big cats, domestic cats, days of week, habitats, math, life science, map, senses
Animals in the book:   tiger, cheetah, lion, snow leopard, cougar, jaguar, bobcat, cat
Vetters:   Thanks to Craig Saffoe, Biologist and Curator (interim) Great Cats and Bears Exhibits at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, for reviewing this book for accuracy.


Each dramatic spread highlights a cat taking charge of its own domain. The book has been written with discussion prompts and extension activities in mind. - School Library Journal

Clever comparisons are mirrored in both text and artwork. Patterned predictability makes this an enjoyable reading experience that both entertains and informs. - Library Media Connection

Is a big cat's hunt for food similar to a little kitty's playing with a ball of yarn? Read and find out! The full-color illustrations are rich, creamy, and captivating! - The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Author/Illustrator Info:

Award-winning author Scotti Cohn has had a love for poetry and fiction writing since childhood. In addition to Animal Partners, Scotti has written On the Move (CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book), Big Cat, Little Kitty (Moms' Choice Gold) and One Wolf Howls (Nautilus Silver Book Award) for Arbordale, as well as eight nonfiction books and numerous short stories and poems. Scotti's two grown children have done their own moving on. She and her husband live in upstate South Carolina with five little kitties. Visit her website at

Susan Detwiler is the illustrator of several books for children including the award-winning books Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story (Giverny Award); After A While Crocodile: Alexa's Diary (NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book); The Sparrow and the Trees; On the Move (NSTA-CBC Outstanding Trade Book); Big Cat, Little Kitty (Mom's Choice Awards Gold); Pandas' Earthquake Escape (Mom's Choice Awards Gold); and One Wolf Howls (Silver Nautilus Book Award) for Arbordale. She is the author/illustrator of Fine Life For A Country Mouse. Susan is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Books have always been a source of joy in her life, and as a child she particularly loved books with beautiful illustrations. Susan was educated at the Maryland Institute College of Art and lives with her artist husband in Baltimore. Visit her website.


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