The Upstairs Cat by Karla Kuskin

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This rhyming tale about two perpetually warring cats living under the same roof delivers a message of simple truth about the futility of fighting. The lively text is complemented by animated, action-packed oil paintings.
 

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Karla Kuskin was born in Manhattan on July 17, 1932. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Yale University in 1955. Her first book, Roar and More (1956), was the result of her senior graphic-arts project, for which she had to design and print a book on a small press. She was the author or illustrator of more than 50 children's books during her lifetime including In the Middle of the Trees (1958); The Rose on My Cake (1964); The Philharmonic Gets Dressed (1982); The Dallas Titans Get Ready for Bed (1986); Jerusalem, Shining Still (1987); City Dog (1994); The Upstairs Cat (1997); Moon, Have You Met My Mother? (2003); and Traces (2008). She died of cortical basal ganglionic degeneration on August 20, 2009 at the age of 77. Nancy Shaw is the author of the popular "Sheep in a Jeep" and its sequels. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Harvard University. She and her husband live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They have two grown children. Howard Fine is the illustrator of several books for children, including the highly successful "Piggie Pie!" He studied at Bucknell University and the Philadelphia College of Art. Mr. Fine lives in White Plains, New York, with his wife and three children.
 
Published June 15, 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The feline antics will ring true for cat owners of any age: ""The fighting continues/ to never quite stop,/ one cat at the bottom/ and one at the top/ of the stairs in between,/ with their stare in between,/ if you see what I mean."" Playful observations evolve into weightier themes: ""And sudden...

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"This inventive poem uses two cats: one who dominates a home's upstairs and another its downstairs, and their incessant fighting as a metaphor for the absurdity of war," wrote PW.

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