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Author: Carol P Saul

Illustrator: Mary Azarian

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Publisher: Brown, Little & Company Ltd, Canada,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Barn Cat is so busy looking for just one thing that she doesn't see all the interesting animals and birds to count. The large pages with illustrations with the cat taking the lead draw the reader into Barn Cat's search.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 0 to 5

Reading Level: 1.8

Age of Child: Started reading with child 18 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He enjoys this book and trying to count.

Adult Reader Reaction: This will be more fun when child reaches age two or so, and understands the concept of counting more.

Pros: The beautiful illustrations are colorful, and the counting is cleverly done in rhyming sentences. It is also helpful for animal identification.

Cons: Probably better for older toddler who follows a story and counting better.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow it, at least to start with. There are many books available on counting and while this one is fun, it didn't catch toddler's attention as well as some others.

If You Liked This Book, Try: SALLY CAT'S 123 (Busy World of Richard Scarry Series)   LITTLE QUACK   HOW MANY ANIMALS? My First Golden Board Book

Educational Themes: Little readers are just as adept at seeking & searching as the cat…and just as thrilled when they get their 'prize.'

Literary Categories: Fiction - math, animal characters, picture book, counting

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2003

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