Perfect Picture Book Friday: Cinco the Clinic Cat

Perfect Picture Book Friday is here with Cinco the Clinic Cat/Cinco, el gato de la clínica by Carol Brickell and illustrated by Jim Hastings. Cinco is a bilingual book in English and Spanish, and all the proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to charities that support medical clinics and provide medical supplies to those in need in Latin America. Cinco has received the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award and the Mom’s Choice Award.

Check out Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog feature Perfect Picture Book Fridays. She has compiled a complete list of recommended picture books with links to resources for home and the classroom. It’s awesome!

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Title: Cinco the Clinic Cat/Cinco, el gato de la clínica

Author/Illustrator: Carol Brickell and Jim Hastings

Publisher: Brown Books, 2010

Fiction

Ages:  4 and up

Themes: friendship, helping others

Opening: “I wonder if my wish will come trueAlisa lives in a country called Honduras. When there is no school, Alisa goes with her sister Karen to a clinic in their neighborhood. I’d like to help Karen, but I only get in the way. I wish I had a friend.

Synopsis:  When school is out, Alisa spends each day with her sister, who works in a medical clinic. But Alisa feels alone and out of place. One day, she sees a new face — a stray cat. After five days, they become friends and she names him Cinco. Together, they get involved in the activities at the medical clinic — and make more friends along the way. (from Amazon)

Resources and ideas: video of the author presenting the book to a group of children at the mall; can be used in discussions about geography, culture, Latin America, bilingualism, poverty, friendship, anti-bullying, therapy animals, medical clinics.

What I thought: Cinco is a lovely book that provides a window into the friendships and lives of people around a medical clinic in Honduras. The watercolor illustrations are airy and bright and portray the clinic as a welcoming, open place to visit. The text is spare enough for a small child, and I laughed when the boy who needed glasses said he thought the cat was a dog. Check out my favorite illustration, which shows so well a little kid’s perspective on the world (I remember what that feels like, does anyone else?).

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Check out a video featuring the author talking about the clinic and the book and working with kids (The Advocate magazine page with the video is here).

And here is the story behind the story:

Enjoy, and let me know what you and your kids think!

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9 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: Cinco the Clinic Cat

  1. this looks like a fun book… and I love cats that become friends.

  2. Wow! I love your selection and the story behind the story. Great way to introduce another culture to children and show how much more alike we are than different.

  3. Oh! I want to meet Cinco the Cat! I love those illustrations! And the fact that the book is bilingual. Looks like a great story. Thanks for sharing – the book and all the back story as well.

  4. Wendy

    I liked seeing the layers in this book. It was also interesting to see how HP has supported and promoted the story behind the story. I wonder how many companies would do that?

  5. The theme of generosity and service to mankind is so necessary during the holidays, Beverly. I love the perspective illustration you shared with us. Made me feel like Cinco!

  6. I have to agree with Pat, I really loved the message this book portrays. A lovely book, thanks for sharing. Also loved the video.

  7. Thanks for sharing this book and the worthy cause they support!!!

  8. Stacy S. Jensen

    We love friendship stories at our house. Thanks for sharing this book. That’s great you were able to meet the author.

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