Illustrated by: Gavin Bishop
Published by: Scholastic 2010
Age: 3 – 7 years
Theme: Earthquake, fear, comfort
On a cold Christchurch morning, while the city was sleeping
Before the birds roused him with twitters and cheeping,
Curled up on the end of his friend Emma’s bed,
Tiger woke with a start… and a feeling of dread.
Synopsis: Woken from his sleep and fearful, Tiger flees down the buckling street and up a tree. Later when all is calm he looks for his young owner and finds her in a shelter and realises as he snuggles in her arms that home is the place of caring.
I had early last year reviewed this book and felt I had to bring it back. With earthquakes still occuring, and the book in reprint this endearing story is intending on being around for a long time…. here is my earlier review.. https://thepatientdreamer.com/2011/03/27/quaky-cat/
Why I love this story: Who wouldn’t? Colourfully illustrated the text allows children to know what it is like to be caught in an earthquake, to understand and talk about it, and to not be fearful. A glossary of terms in the back makes for discussion. Author Diana, wanted desperately to help in some way after the September quake and realised instead of wishing, she decided to use the only tools she knew and along with illustrator Gavin Bishop, from the rubble of Christchurch the “Quaky Cat” was born. A very special book to help children who had lost everything.
Since I last reviewed the book it has been reprinted again and because of its popularity, (touching hearts around the world), allows for distribution overseas. With continuing earthquakes and aftershocks to this day in Christchurch, and the realisation that the city may never be rebuilt, much of the proceeds of the sales are going to Christchurch Women’s Refugee and to Te Tai Tamariki a Christchurch based Literacy Programme.
Resources/Findings: In the back of the book is a glossary of words and their meanings to help children understand and talk about their fears.
http://www.scholastic.co.nz/Resources/Notes/Quaky_Cat.pdf Scholastics provide a great PDF file that can be used by teachers, carers, and parents, in helping to talk with, and getting young children to talk, in the aftermath of such an horrific time.
For more books with resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Picture Perfect Book.