Squarely in the primary-color, animal-intense tradition of the modern ABC book, Elizabeth Schoonmaker’s “Square Cat ABC” brings back the orange kitty Eula from “Square Cat,” in what is, yes, a lovely square book. A brilliant full-page red A for “Amazing” features a blue-and-pink mouse sliding down the leg of the letter into the next page, where she or he befriends the square cat, who’s digging in her garden. Fans of “Square Cat” will recognize the theme of friendship’s embrace of difference, as Eula introduces the frightened mouse to her pal the porcupine. Schoonmaker’s page-filling red letters and bright watercolors enhance the short and sweet story meant for the youngest readers, which associates the letters with everyday words that a child might say: “Whoa,” “Stop,” “Hooray.” When Eula persists in finding spinach “eXtremely Yucky,” the friendly mouse offers her “Zucchini, perhaps?” Touches like that give “Square Cat ABC” the makings of a classic: Its substance comes from wearing its visual and verbal cleverness so lightly.
Thank you, Mrs. Zamperlin's Class, for your curiosity and hospitality! Square Hugs!
Your friend, Eula Square Cat
Why are you square?
It’s how I have always been.
Why are you sad to be square? There may be other square cats in the city.Sometimes it’s
hard to be square. Being square is different, yet being different is special and since we are all
different, we are all special!I believe I am the one and only Square
When were you born? December 15, 2008
Do you like to scratch? YES! YES! YES!
How old are you? 6-years-old.
Do you like getting scratched by the side of your ear? Purrrfect !!
What is your favorite color and why do you like that color? Pink is my favorite color. I like pink because it is
soft, friendly, and fun. I also like green and yellow and of course orange…oh
yes, blue and purple...I guess I like all colors!
Is your mom square? No.
What is your favorite book? All George and
Martha stories! I love George and Martha!
What is your favorite thing to do? Napping on
my bookshelf in the late afternoon sun.
Are your favorite (best) friends Patsy and Maude? Yes! BFF!!
Do you like being petted? Purrrrfectly
Do you have a mom and a dad? Yes I do!
Do you love other square cats? I love all
cats of all shapes, sizes, and colors.
What is your favorite fish to eat? Goldfish
crackers! Tee hee!
Do you have any brothers and sisters?
How about Patsy and Maude? No, I am the one
and only. The same for Patsy and Maude.
Do you go to school? How about
Patsy and Maude? We visit schools.
For Patsy and Maude
Why are Patsy and Maude round? We have always been round.
When are Patsy and Maude’s birthdays? Three
days after Eula’s, December 18, 2008!
What are your favorite foods (for all 3 cats)? Do you like turkey? Certainly
not spinach! Catnip and milkshakes! Maude likes turkey, Eula and Patsy not so
Do you have kittens (for all 3 cats)?
If so, what are their names? No little kittens!
Square Hugs to Ms. Thomas's and Ms. Storey's students for their brilliant Eula Square Cat next adventure books! YAY! From Eula as a super hero, stuck in a garbage can, lost in the amazon, helping friends, applauding technology, sports, sad and happy...each book captured true Square Cat love!