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LIBBY AND THE CAT

Author: Yetti Frenkel

Illustrator: Yetti Frenkel

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Publisher: Snow Tree Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Libby treats her cat poorly. When the cat finally has had enough and hisses and hides under the bed, Libby realizes she is treating the cat the ways others sometimes treat her. She then changes her behavior and forms a friendship with the cat. This is a picture book written in verse with a lesson about how to treat others.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Read with 3-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child enjoyed the story and asked questions about the cat. We had requests to read this story again.

Adult Reader Reaction: Overall this is a good book. The cat is mistreated by the little girl and says “It is hard to be little in a grown up world.” It is written in verse.

Pros: The characters are developed and the plot moves along. It will keep your child's attention.

Cons: Illustrations of the little girl’s face are awkward and detract from the overall book.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This would be a good story to read during a preschool circle time.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Be Nice to Spiders I'M BIGGER THAN THIS   BARK, GEORGE  

Educational Themes: Empathy with the cat will help even small children understand the theme of being nice to animals and treating others as you would like to be treated.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, picture book, emotions

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2005

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