Picture Books:

The Cat and the Bird is based on the painting of the cat and the bird by Paul Klee. It is the story of a cat who feels imprisoned in his house and dreams of being free like the bird he watches out the window. The bird assists his escape and they gallivant under the moon on the rooftops. The illustrations are done in the style of Paul Klee, with bright colors and an emphasis on shape and line. The story ends in the reproduction of the painting Cat and Bird.


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Go Along Art Projects:

Chalk cat and bird reproductionCIMG4198

Tree of houses inspired project
(toddler edition, but it could be adapted for an older child)

Corresponding Literature:

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag is still one of our favorite picture books. It tells the story of a man who goes out to find a kitten for his wife but ends up bringing home millions of cats because he can’t decide on the cutest one. It’s a great tie-in to math, too.

Sneakers, the Seaside Cat by Margaret Wise Brown is another good option.

For James Herriot fans, he has a whole book of just Cat Stories.

If you are starting this series in the middle, be sure to check out the landing page to see the beginning of the art history timeline.