Pussy-Willow1Title: Pussy Willow
Author: Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator: Jo-Ellen C. Bosson
Pages: 24
Reading Level: Read Aloud
Star Rating: ★★★

Written by Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon, Pussy Willow is the story of a grey cat who names himself after the furry gray flowers of the pussy willow bush. As the seasons change and the flowers disappear, Pussy Willow begins to worry and search for the flowers. Along the way, Pussy Willow asks advice from passing creatures as to where they think he should look for the flowers, but each creature’s answer is obviously biased by their own interests. (i.e., the butterfly tells him to look in the air because “Anything that anyone would look for is up in the air,” while the squirrel tells him that “everything that anyone would look for is always under the leaves.”) The book ends as spring comes round again and Pussy Willow wakes up to find the pussy willow once again in bloom. Pussy Willow concludes, “Everything that anyone would ever look for is usually where they find it.”

A bit deep, that.

Conclusion. An okay book with cute illustrations.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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