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KITTEN UP A TREE

Author: Melanie Abel

Illustrator: Anne Lederhos

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Publisher: E & E Publishing,

Material: paperback

Summary: Little David came out to play, and the kitten ran up the tree. Every time someone came by the tree to help, the kitten ran up a little higher. Every day for a week, David put out a fresh saucer of milk. Finally, the kitten came down. This is an easy reader picture book.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Reading Level: 1.3

Age of Child: Read by a 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter enjoyed reading about the kitten, pausing on each page to add an "oh, poor kitty," and look at the cat in the tree.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a picture book for an emergent or early reader. The language is simple, with plenty of practice of basic words. The author effectively inserts words (like days of the week), without drawing attention to the opportunity to practice them. The illustrations are simple, but colorful. Because David's expressions are so clear, kids will connect with him and linger over the book.

Pros: This picture book is a confidence builder for emerging readers. Kids will get involved in the story and forget they are practicing their reading.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. If you are reading to a toddler or preschooler, then buy, because you'll want this again when your child is learning to read. Otherwise, make this a definite borrow at the library.

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Educational Themes: This is a story filled with sight words and opportunities for kids to gain confidence as readers. The story itself creates an opportunity to talk about cats, fear, helping others, and patience.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, easy reader

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2009

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