|The Cinder-Eyed Cats, by Eric Rohmann
Written and Illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Dragonfly Books, a division of Random House, 1997, Fiction, ages 3-8
Fantasy, Adventure, Imagination, Whimsy
Tigers, Tropics, Sea Creatures
"In Faraway lands,
When twilight falls on fair and wind-swept days,
Cats like velvet shadows move,
Their coal-fire eyes ablaze."
This nearly wordless picture book takes the reader on an adventure in a flying sailboat to a tropical isle populated by magical creatures of land, sand, and sea.
What I Love:
I was first attracted to the stunning illustration style with its lush tropical palette. At second glance, the spare, lyrical text charmed me. But my favorite feature of this book is how author/ illustrator Eric Rohmann draws you into his imagination with four wordless double-page spreads.
Why not make your own sand creations?
1. Readers can imagine their own animals coming to life. Draw or paint them, then accent with Elmer's glue and a sprinkling of sand.
2. I've used this fabulous Family Fun concoction to make a moldable play sand that air dries. Warning: Use an old pot and kiss the non-stick coating goodbye.
3. Celebrate reading with a sandy snack.
Check out all the recommended titles for Perfect Picture Book Friday for March 1, 2013.
Thanks to Susanna Leonard Hill and to Julie Rowan-Zoch for prompting me to participate.
If you love Eric Rohmann, see his newest book here.