The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof by Annie M. G. Schmidt is adorable. Though I wouldn’t say that to the intended age group of readers. I’d replace adorable with captivating and funny. I plowed through it and found myself wishing I was a kindergarten – third grade teacher, so I could start reading the book aloud to my class the next day. The books was published in the Netherlands in 1970 by their acclaimed children’s literature author Annie M.G. Schmidt who received the 1988 Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her lasting contribution as a children’s writer. It is the highest recognition available to a writer or illustrator of children’s books.
I’m convinced if this book was offered in English when I was a child, my second grade teacher, Ms. Coffee, would have read it to us. Through Facebook, I learned Ms. Coffee turned 100 hundred recently. My comment about her reading Laura Ingalls Wilder books and The Mouse and the Motorcycle while she sat in the special, cushy class reading chair resulted in others sharing fond memories of her read-alouds.
I can’t tell you exactly which teacher introduced me to fractions or commas or prepositions. However, I can tell you the teacher’s who read out loud to my class and which were my favorite books they read.