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Told through the warm lens of a beloved pet, The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank captures the life of a young girl filled with promise in a way that young readers can appreciate and understand, with art by the NY Times bestselling illustrator of I DISSENT! When Mouschi the cat goes with his boy, Peter, to a secret annex, he meets a girl named Anne. Bright, kind and loving, An Told through the warm lens of a beloved pet, The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank captures the life of a young girl filled with promise in a way that young readers can appreciate and understand, with art by the NY Times bestselling illustrator of I DISSENT! When Mouschi the cat goes with his boy, Peter, to a secret annex, he meets a girl named Anne. Bright, kind and loving, Anne dreams of freedom and of becoming a writer whose words change the world. But Mouschi, along with Anne and her family and friends, must stay hidden, hoping for the war to end and for a better future. Told from the perspective of the cat who actually lived with Anne Frank in the famous Amsterdam annex, this poignant book paints a picture of a young girl who wistfully dreams of a better life for herself and her friends, tentatively wonders what mark she might leave on the world, and, above all, adamantly believes in the goodness of people. Accompanied by beautiful, vivid art, this book is a perfect introduction to a serious topic for younger readers, especially at a time when respect and inclusion are so important.


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Told through the warm lens of a beloved pet, The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank captures the life of a young girl filled with promise in a way that young readers can appreciate and understand, with art by the NY Times bestselling illustrator of I DISSENT! When Mouschi the cat goes with his boy, Peter, to a secret annex, he meets a girl named Anne. Bright, kind and loving, An Told through the warm lens of a beloved pet, The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank captures the life of a young girl filled with promise in a way that young readers can appreciate and understand, with art by the NY Times bestselling illustrator of I DISSENT! When Mouschi the cat goes with his boy, Peter, to a secret annex, he meets a girl named Anne. Bright, kind and loving, Anne dreams of freedom and of becoming a writer whose words change the world. But Mouschi, along with Anne and her family and friends, must stay hidden, hoping for the war to end and for a better future. Told from the perspective of the cat who actually lived with Anne Frank in the famous Amsterdam annex, this poignant book paints a picture of a young girl who wistfully dreams of a better life for herself and her friends, tentatively wonders what mark she might leave on the world, and, above all, adamantly believes in the goodness of people. Accompanied by beautiful, vivid art, this book is a perfect introduction to a serious topic for younger readers, especially at a time when respect and inclusion are so important.

30 review for The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank

  1. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    Mouschi the cat narrates this story about the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam during World War II, and how he went to live with his human boy, Peter, in a cramped attic hiding place, together with seven other people. Describing the persecution of the people he describes as "Yellow Stars," at the hands of those he labels "Black Spiders," because of the emblem they wear, Mouschi offers a cat's perspective on human affairs. In the hiding place, he meets a loving young girl named Anne, and witnesses he Mouschi the cat narrates this story about the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam during World War II, and how he went to live with his human boy, Peter, in a cramped attic hiding place, together with seven other people. Describing the persecution of the people he describes as "Yellow Stars," at the hands of those he labels "Black Spiders," because of the emblem they wear, Mouschi offers a cat's perspective on human affairs. In the hiding place, he meets a loving young girl named Anne, and witnesses her writing in her diary... Based upon the real cat, named Mouschi, that lived with Anne Frank in the Secret Annex where she and her family and friends hid, during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, The Cat Who Lived With Anne Frank sets out to offer a gentle, cat's-eye-view introduction to a decidedly un-gentle human affair. The co-authors, David Lee Miller and Steven Jay Rubin, are both involved in the film industry, and make their children's book debut here. The illustrator, Elizabeth Baddeley, also worked on the recent I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark . I found the story here immensely poignant, and thought the artwork was beautiful. That said, part of what made the narrative so powerful for me, was my pre-existing knowledge of the events being depicted, and the contrast between what I knew as a reader, and how Mouschi perceived those same events. I couldn't help but wonder, as I read, whether a young child with no knowledge of World War II or the Holocaust, would find the narrative as meaningful. No doubt they would have questions - who were the Black Spiders, and why were they hurting people?, for instance - that adults could help answer. No doubt that was the authors' intention, in creating the book. I did appreciate that snippets of Anne Frank's actual diary were included in the main narrative, as hopefully this will spark interest in her writing, in young children. All in all, this is not a perfect book, but it is a meaningful and powerful one. I could see it being used to introduce these topics to young children, especially if an adult were there as well, to discuss these matters with the child reader/listener.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shaye Miller

    Despite the somber topic, this is a gorgeous picture book biography. First, yes, Anne Frank had a cat named Mouschi. And, yes, Anne wrote her diary entries to "Kitty." :) The book is actually written from Mouschi's perspective as a cat witnessing Anne's life, but the pages also share bits and pieces from Anne's diary so that we kinda get two perspectives at once. It is a very gentle story since it does not go into details about Anne's demise. It ends on a very positive note about Anne's spirit.. Despite the somber topic, this is a gorgeous picture book biography. First, yes, Anne Frank had a cat named Mouschi. And, yes, Anne wrote her diary entries to "Kitty." :) The book is actually written from Mouschi's perspective as a cat witnessing Anne's life, but the pages also share bits and pieces from Anne's diary so that we kinda get two perspectives at once. It is a very gentle story since it does not go into details about Anne's demise. It ends on a very positive note about Anne's spirit... "lighting up the world forever." But the back matter explains that Anne's father, Otto, is the only one in her family to survive. The back matter also has a note on the characters and places in this story followed by a list of sources for more information. The illustration of her father reading her journal in the very back of the book was very touching! :( The artwork for this book was created with ink, acrylic, pencil, and digitally. For more children's literature, middle grade literature, and YA literature reviews, feel free to visit my personal blog at The Miller Memo!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shiloah

    Great introduction for children to Anne Frank and what her life was like.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Lovely introduction to a dark part of history for young learners. Hard to begin to explain this to children and this is a nice ease-in, and a beautifully illustrated tribute to Anne Frank.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Raven Black

    Poetic look at a short part of Frank's life told by a cat. Afterwards with historic information of the time and people. Great artwork. Picture of Anne's father at the *very* end touching Poetic look at a short part of Frank's life told by a cat. Afterwards with historic information of the time and people. Great artwork. Picture of Anne's father at the *very* end touching

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    The Cat who Lived with Anne Frank by David Lee Miller and Steven Jay Rubin, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley. PICTURE BOOK Philomel Books (Penguin), 2019. $18 9781524741501 BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL – OPTIONAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Mouschi is a black cat that goes into hiding with the Frank family during World War II. This cat sees some of the things that happen to Peter and Anne Frank as well as the invasion of the Nazi’s. Throughout the book, parts of Anne’s diary are quoted and it tel The Cat who Lived with Anne Frank by David Lee Miller and Steven Jay Rubin, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley. PICTURE BOOK Philomel Books (Penguin), 2019. $18 9781524741501 BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL – OPTIONAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Mouschi is a black cat that goes into hiding with the Frank family during World War II. This cat sees some of the things that happen to Peter and Anne Frank as well as the invasion of the Nazi’s. Throughout the book, parts of Anne’s diary are quoted and it tells different problems or experiences they had in the Secret Annex. As Mouschi goes out and around Amsterdam, he also sees other people who are trying to resist the Nazis. As the author’s note at the end explains, Anne Frank did have a black cat named Mouschi while she was in hiding. The illustrations are well done and attractive and I liked the idea of getting a glimpse into Anne’s world. I enjoyed the quotes from Anne’s diary and the mentioning of other stories like Anne’s. Overall, in order to fully appreciate the book the reader would need to know the story of Anne Frank. Reviewer, C. Peterson https://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com/20...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Authors David Lee Miller and Steven Jay Rubin chose a loyal feline as the narrator for the “The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank.” Using Mouschi to tell the historic tale makes the book even more appealing to children. The end pages set in nighttime Holland detail a peaceful scene, rooftops with yellow lights shining from windows, Mouschi leaping from one peak to another. But in actuality it wasn’t calm in Holland during Hitler’s regime when “Voor Joden Verboden” signs and Yellow Stars popped up lik Authors David Lee Miller and Steven Jay Rubin chose a loyal feline as the narrator for the “The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank.” Using Mouschi to tell the historic tale makes the book even more appealing to children. The end pages set in nighttime Holland detail a peaceful scene, rooftops with yellow lights shining from windows, Mouschi leaping from one peak to another. But in actuality it wasn’t calm in Holland during Hitler’s regime when “Voor Joden Verboden” signs and Yellow Stars popped up like tulips in the springtime. Mouschi belongs to David, an acquaintance of Anne’s who eventually becomes more than a friend. He brings the black cat along when his family is forced into hiding with the Franks. Their upstairs abode, reached by a hidden staircase, is tiny and illustrations by Elizabeth Baddeley expertly detail the families’ plight dealing with space constrictions. Especially impressive is an illustration showing a cutout of a room, Anne laying on her bed writing, while just below her Nazi soldiers inspect the area below the hiding place, an image that highlights the fact that one misstep with noise could be disastrous. “The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank” takes a very difficult, and painful subject, and makes it accessible. Never heavy-handed, the picture book also includes excerpts from Anne’s journal and background information at the end, finishing with this important fact—a cat did live in the hiding place, and its name was Mouschi. Readers first through third grade.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kris Dersch

    I don't know how you decide when to introduce the Holocaust to younger students, and I know I wasn't ready to share this with my 6-year-old, but I do think it is important and this is how I would do it. The story is plainly told in language easy to understand and the pictures are really nice. Honestly, I don't know that the cat POV is totally needed here but it doesn't get in the way or distract. A really lovely way to tell a really hard story. I don't know how you decide when to introduce the Holocaust to younger students, and I know I wasn't ready to share this with my 6-year-old, but I do think it is important and this is how I would do it. The story is plainly told in language easy to understand and the pictures are really nice. Honestly, I don't know that the cat POV is totally needed here but it doesn't get in the way or distract. A really lovely way to tell a really hard story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Mouschi, Peter’s cat, tells the story of living in the hiding place with Anne Frank. He includes snippets from Anne’s diary as he describes the events that she is writing about. Includes a note in the back giving additional information on Anne Frank and the other characters referenced in the book. Also include a bibliography for further reading.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barbra

    Told through the eyes of Mouschi the cat, who lived with Anne Frank, young readers get a glimpse of how Anne and her family and friends hide from the Nazis, love each other and hope for peace. This story sensitively portrays the horrors of war and is an important book to share with children aged 6 to 8.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Relyn

    I loved this book. The art was terrific, the illustrations were great, even the pages felt good in the hand. I also thought this was a very sensitive introduction to a terrible time in history. Two thumbs up - way up.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    3.5 - different perspective

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    Great beginner story of Anne Frank, told from the point of view of the cat that was in hiding with them. Wonderfully illustrated!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marcie

    Does make the Anne Frank story accessable to a younger audience.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Fictionalized version of a true story told from a cat's perspective. Really well done and great illustrations. More accessible version since it's told from an animal's POV. Fictionalized version of a true story told from a cat's perspective. Really well done and great illustrations. More accessible version since it's told from an animal's POV.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Marie

    There aren't enough words...any story about Anne is at once, inspiring and heartbreaking. A must-read, very accessible to children. There aren't enough words...any story about Anne is at once, inspiring and heartbreaking. A must-read, very accessible to children.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Miss Sarah

    An elementary picture book told from the perspecrive of the cat who resided with Anne Frank during the time she was hiding from the Nazi's. Very interesting. An elementary picture book told from the perspecrive of the cat who resided with Anne Frank during the time she was hiding from the Nazi's. Very interesting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Evans

    For: readers looking for a Holocaust lit book with a child-friendly lens. Possible red flags: serious and dark subject matter that may need further explanations.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Smith

  20. 4 out of 5

    Louie Lauer

  21. 5 out of 5

    Monica

  22. 4 out of 5

    Corinna Motola

  23. 4 out of 5

    EagleRose

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cat

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angela Germany

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becky

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