PPBF: Stretchy and Beanie

Author/Illustrator: Judy Schachner
Publisher: Dial, 2021
Themes: cats, pets, stories in rhyme

Opening: When the McHandsome Clan met the McBrights, each kid got a cat, so it worked out just right.

Summary: (from my library’s catalog) An independent cat and his young owner learn to appreciate the independence and enthusiasm of the other.

I picked this book because: The rhyme is a delightful read-aloud and this is the kind of book I would have poured over as a kid, picking out my own favorite cat, or favorite cat expression, and looking to see which other McBright child seemed most like me. I would swear up and down that I would have been a better cat owner, but truth be told: I also stuck a kitty or two in a drawer too many! Just like Beanie and the other kids, I would have loved to have had a kitty of my very own. The illustrations are jam packed with wonderful little details (check out Beanie’s shoe choices!), cheerful colors and loads of humor and energy!

Resources/activities: check out Judy Schachner’s IG account and have a look at her handmade stretchy-accordion cats and make your own; read Stretchy McHandsome; learn about best practices with a new pet – cat or other!; make your own cat tail, or headband ears like Beanie’s.

For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

5 thoughts on “PPBF: Stretchy and Beanie

  1. Cat lovers of all ages will adore this book.. Like you, it will bring up memories of the past. My daughter and her hubby have two cats and they own the house. She’d enjoy this book.

    I am a dog lover. Had a bad experience with feeding a neighbor’s Siamese cats while they were gone. They got into the catnip and literally flew the air landing on my shoulder. Scared me to death. And, then the same cat killed my baby rabbit. We all have our memories.

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    • Oh, my goodness! I hope you are able to channel remembering these things into your writing! The only cat we were able to keep was a 19yr old Siamese and ONLY because my mother took pity as the owners were going to put him down because they were moving! Otherwise Mom always said she had enough “pets”!


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