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Summary: Our reader asks Cat the Cat who all of her friends are on each of the pages. Some of them you'll know, but one may just surprise you! This is an easy reader for beginning readers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 7
Interest Level: 2 to 6
Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter is well past these books, but when she saw "Mo Willems" on the cover, she grabbed them to read ... and read them over and over again. She loved finding the Pigeon!
Adult Reader Reaction: Cat the Cat is a fun character, and this is a wonderful complement to Willems' Elephant and Piggie books. I wish we would have had the whole lot of them when our daughter was just learning to read.
Pros: The reader takes center stage as s/he asks Cat the Cat about her friends. Kids familiar with other Willems books will be tickled to find a character they know and love.
Borrow or Buy: Buy, especially if you have a toddler. These will be hard to get at the library because they are just so wonderful to share with kids of all ages.
Educational Themes: This is a book that is designed to encourage kids who are just learning to read. It can be used with toddlers for animal identification, too.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader, animal stories, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010
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