I Am a Cat byhas two parts to it: For the young readers, “Hey! Look at all the different cats! Tall and black and in the jungle…” For the older and adult readers, “Hey! Look at all the different cats, but hey, that is like us, look at all the different people and yet we are all people.” This is not “thumped” into us, but the connection is fairly obvious. Yet, it is also just a nice story about a cat.
There is not a lot of text. But that works for the theme. You learn basic facts about cats. You see how each is different and similar at the same time. You can enjoy the basic illustrations that work well for the story. These simple pieces of art are colorful and fun. However, I would not say the text or the illustrations are great for the child who likes action. The younger toddler might like the brevity of it, the color of it but might not sit for the whole thing. The older child could do some reading solo (or with assistance) and is perhaps more likely to sit and listen as well.
I always look at a book first, “Do I like it?” and second, “Who can I sell it to in this format?” I think this might be a good gift for the two to five-year-old. However, I would like to see it in an oversized, lap-sized, board book. However, I am not sure if this would work in a classroom setting.