Red Cat Blue Cat by Jenni Desmond

The front cover art for Red Cat Blue Cat by Jenni Desmond, cleverly depicts where this story begins–the two cats are back to back with grumpy looks on their faces. Perfect for a lesson on answering questions about the text and where we get our clues, from the print or pictures, this illustration shows the relationship between the two cats, through their body language and facial expressions.  Red Cat and Blue Cat live in the same house but hiss, yee-ow and scratch whenever they run into each other.They didn’t realize that each was jealous of the other. Blue Cat wanted to be fast and bouncy like Red Cat and Red Cat admired Blue Cat’s brains and cleverness. After unsuccessful attempts at changing their colors to match their counterpart, both cats worked together to become un-red and un-blue. They worked hard to help the other become like them until they realized they didn’t need to change but liked who they were. As my little friend said at the end, “They were different but they were friends!”

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