For the young at heart,
This review is from: Cat on the Hill (Paperback)
An outstanding young childrens book with glorious watercolour illustrations that spread across both pages. It’s a book to treasure.
The story is narrated by a tabby cat which lives by St Nicholas’s Chapel, on the hill above St Ives, Cornwall. He takes us through three seasons of the year at St Ives, starting in Summer, going through Autumn, then reaching Winter and ending with a white Christmas. And we meet his friends: a herring gull, a dog, a donkey and horse, a fisherman, a boy.
If you know St Ives, you will savour the illustrations. Several of the views looking down on St Ives from Porthgwidden hill are a joy to behold. While the first and last illustrations, which look at the hill from the sea beneath, the first in high summer, and the other on a snowing Christmas night, are simply beautiful. They seem to be painted with love.
The little ones will be thoroughly engrossed by the illustrations – there is much for them to observe and point out if you ask questions. It will be especially enjoyed by youngsters who have been to St Ives, and will recognise sights. Many of the town’s features that they have noticed are featured in the book: there are recognisable views even of Fore Street, the eateries along the Wharf Road quayside, and Father Christmas himself is glimpsed behind lobster pots by Porthmeor Road. And there is a nativity scene near the end that will delight them.
Probably best for 3 to 7 year olds. Although those of us who read out the words to the little ‘uns, find those illustrations a delight, too.