Hi, Cat!

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in

Sometimes in publishing, stories come together in ways that one could never have imagined. A year ago, the first issue of OutlooK-12 magazine premiered. From the beginning, we had a School Library section, and the very first book we reviewed was Ezra Jack Keats’ “The Snowy Day.”  Now, with our magazine celebrating it’s first birthday and with the Ezra Jack Keats’ Foundation celebrating what would have been Keats’ hundredth birthday, we are dedicating this month’s School Library to Keats’ timeless children’s books. We would like to thank the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation for the book summaries, fun facts and cover images. To learn more about the foundation’s ongoing activities and events in honor of Keats’ birthday, visit http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/

“Hi, Cat!”
1970 - ISBN: 978-0670885466

Archie is walking down the street eating ice cream. It’s a beautiful day, and he is on his way to meet his best friend, Peter. Suddenly stopped by a newcomer to his neighborhood, Archie says, “Hi, cat!” The cat sits, looks him up and down and purrs. It turns out to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Keats’ vibrant palette brings this humorous, fast-paced story to life.

Fun Fact: In “Hi, Cat!” Ezra shows how important animals were to him. As a boy, he desperately wanted a pet, but his family could not afford one. The grown-up Ezra fulfilled his dream: he had a dog named Jake and a cat named Samantha.