SteigFEST 7: Caleb & Kate


Author/Illustrator: William Steig
Publisher: David R. Godine; 1st edition 1984
Ages: 4 and up
Themes: humorous books, monsters, fantasy
Opening: Caleb the carpenter and Kate the weaver loved each other, but not every single minute. Once in a while they’d differ about this or that and wind up in such a fierce quarrel you’d never believe they were husband and wife.


I like this book because: it’s as much a book for kids, with just enough magic – and a dog! – as for adults. And it’s a great way to begin a dialogue with kids about parents sometimes arguing though they still love each other.


Resources/activities: ask what animal would students like to be transformed into for fun; discuss with students what they might do if they found a stray dog; have someone from your community’s animal rescue department come to talk about correct behavior handling a stray animal.

P1160069Two tidbits today: Want to own a print? Check out the NewYorker prints, like the one below, available at Condé Nast – HERE; I just found it kinda funny that someone chose the same main character names for a romance novel.

Since it’s Friday – this post ‘counts’ for PPBF! For more Perfect Picture Book selections, go to Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE


19 thoughts on “SteigFEST 7: Caleb & Kate

  1. I like that the book shows adults arguing and moving on, so that kids see that it doesn’t mean parents don’t love each other. Quirky book with many themes including stray dogs.

    Why not write the author — so many are accessible. Do an interview with her. That way you come full circle with you SteigFest.

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