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Summary: The little cat (a finger puppet attached to the book) goes outside to play and falls in the pond. Her owner dries her off and makes her feel better. This is a French children's book, ideal for introducing the French language to toddlers.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 6
Age of Child: Started reading with child 10 months old.
Young Reader Reaction: The finger puppet is a big hit. The story is simple enough that even younger toddlers can absorb it.
Adult Reader Reaction: There are only three to four words to a page so this is a good book for introducing French. The finger puppet definitely livens the reading experience for both parent and toddler!
Pros: This is fun reading because a toddler can use the book independently or interact with a parent, in English or French.
Borrow or Buy: If you can find it, its worth buying because the finger puppet brings them back to it, even to play by themselves. Additionally, when s/he starts reading French, it will be a good starter book.
Educational Themes: This book provides an opportunity to teach French words for objects and animals that are already favorites with toddlers, including cat, water, hugs, playing and so on.
Notes: We could not find this book at Amazon.com, BN.com or anywhere on the Internet. This book was purchased in France.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, foreign language, French
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2003, July 2006
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