Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Christmas Cats Chase Christmas Rats by Constance Corcoran Wilson Book Review


Publisher: Quad City Books (October 22, 2013) 
Genres: Children's Picture Book, Christmas 
Tour Dates: December, 2013 
Available in: Print and ebook 32 pages, with Illustrations 

The Christmas Cats Chase Christmas Rats

The Christmas Cats Chase Christmas Rats is a Seuss-ical tale for young children which builds upon the moral of the first Christmas Cats book to once again teach children a valuable life lesson. 
In this second Christmas Cats adventure the lesson to be learned is: In life, always keep an open mind. Don’t accept stereotypes as true or let the unfounded opinions of others prevent you from finding out the truth for yourself. We all need to act without prejudice and learn to accept each other as individuals. 
The Christmas Cats learn that rats, too, should be judged as individuals. Another message: all of us should try to help others. 
Written for the author’s four-year-old granddaughters, Ava and Elise Wilson, with the assistance of talented professional illustrator Gary McCloskey, The Christmas Cats continue to have adventures while attired in their familiar silly hats from Book One (The Christmas Cats in Silly Hats). 
Learning to accept others in a non-judgmental, open-minded fashion is a lesson we all must learn. If children can internalize this behavior while young, learning to help others and to do good works, the world will be a better place. 


     This is a very cute and entertaining Children's story and far different than I am used to reading from Constance.I read this to my four year old son who was mesmerized by the beautiful illustration  and entertained by the story of the Cats and Rats.I liked the fact it was a fun way to teach children not to judge others.A great addition to any child's library and a fun adult read as well.


CONSTANCE WILSON graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree
in English and Journalism, but she began writing for her hometown
(Independence, Iowa) newspaper at the age of 10 and was
Editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper. She continued her
education, including a Ferner/Hearst Journalism Scholarship and a
Freshman Merit Scholarship at Iowa, and then at Berkeley, WIU, NIU and
the University of Chicago.

Connie holds a Masters (+30) in English, Journalism and Education.
Her career path led to teaching 7th and 8th grade language arts
(Silvis, Illinois) and teaching writing at 6 IA/IL colleges or
universities, including a class teaching film at Black Hawk Junior
College. She then established the second Sylvan Learning Center in the
state of Iowa and a Prometric Testing site, in conjunction with ETS of
Princeton, NJ. She has taught writing and literature classes at all 6
IA/ILQuad City colleges.

"Constance (aka Connie) was Midwest Writing Center Writer of the
Year, Content Producer of the Year for Yahoo, and Illinois Women's
Press Association Silver Feather Award winner (Chicago chapter.) She
was named one of the "10 Most Creative Teachers in America" in a TAB
Scholastic Books competition. Her Sylvan Learning Center (#3301) in
Bettendorf, Iowa, was named Best Business of the Year by the
Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce that year and the free reading program
for poor kids she established was the largest scholarship program of
its kind among a 900-member chain, for which she was personally
awarded a Bi-State Literacy Award by then sitting First Lady Barbara
Bush in 1993.

Constance lives in East Moline, Illinois with husband Craig and in
Chicago, Illinois, where her son, Scott and daughter-in-law Jessica
and their four-year-old twins Elise and Ava reside. Her daughter,
Stacey, a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee,
recently returned from a year spent living and working in Australia
and now lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee.

Connie's Website:

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm you and your son enjoyed The Christmas Cats Chase Christmas Rats so much.