“They All Saw a Cat” by Brendan Wenzel

Every semester I choose a picture book to read in English to elementary school classes, part of my duties as a library volunteer.  I researched and chose “They All Saw a Cat.”

Usually, I myself will purchase the English version. (I ALWAYS get the Japanese version from the public library. If the library doesn’t have it, I don’t do it!)

But I felt that “They All Saw a Cat” was a book that so many people could enjoy, so I requested the library to purchase it in English. (And they did. Hooray!)

It’s a great book for me to use—VERY simple English, yet it is educational and interesting for all ages. (If you read the book, you’ll see what I mean. It’s about how different animals view the same cat.)

As usual (big sigh) the Japanese translation is not a literal translation of the original book.

The original title in English is: “They All Saw a Cat.”

The Japanese title is: Neko tte Konna Fuu?  “Is a Cat Like This?”

VERY DIFFERENT!

I can’t help but think the Japanese translators need to inject a little imagination into their titles.


Note–One of the animals in the book is a skunk. Well, while I think Japanese kids know of skunks….they are actually indigenous to North America, and they don’t exist in Japan outside of zoos. Skunks are not a part of Japanese culture.

I explained that growing up in the United States, I never saw an actual skunk in the wild (I lived in a housing area.) (Also, wiki says skunks are primarily nocturnal, and I imagine that when I was in the true countryside, I was very noisy and scared any wild creatures away.)

However, every so while in a car in America, especially in a more rural type of setting, I would smell the scent of a skunk. Not terribly often, but sometimes. And yes, it’s stinky!

 

2 thoughts on ““They All Saw a Cat” by Brendan Wenzel

  1. Amy, I wanted to read the story. Are you going to leave us hanging?  Have a most remarkable week and God Bless you, Trella

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  2. You mean the storybook? It’s not a story per se…….A child sees a cat…as sweet and loveable…a fox sees a cat as something to chase….(Illustrated by the drawings)….a bee sees the cat as dots (because of the way bees’ eyes are)……a rat sees a cat as a monster……a flea sees a cat as hair…..And so on. The language is simple and repetitive, but it’s interesting because I never really thought how a bee might look at a cat as compared to a rat or a fox or a human

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