My Cat Looks Like My Dad by Thao Lam
Meet dad. Meet the family cat. Dad and cat are alike in many ways. Both have fluffy yellow hair, enjoy a tasty meal followed by a nap, even have similar fears. They make a great pair.
But that’s just the beginning.
The real story on these pages goes beyond a charming tale of a man and his cat. Readers wonder about the family member narrating the story. Who can it be?
The storyteller's identity is discovered by carefully examining the illustrations. Observant readers will recognize that there is more to this family than a man and his cat.
There will come an "ah ha" moment when it is obvious that the narrator i.e. additional family member is a bird! That's right. The bird refers to its sibling as "my cat." Clever. Clever indeed.
The complete family portrait with dad, mom, cat, and bird graces the final page.
Meet Thao Lam and learn about the inspiration for this book. View her creation process.
Share the book and video with students. An interesting extension activity would be to provide kids with a selection of patterned papers and other art materials. Then invite them to create a portrait collage of their own family.