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Author: Margaret O'Hair

Illustrator: Tammie Lyon

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Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Books, 2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: A little girl tells us all of the things that her kitten does. This is a rhyming picture book that can also be an easy reader.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book.

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

Interest Level: 2 to 5

Reading Level: 1.4

Age of Child: Read with a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: "Can I get a kitten?" Our daughter thought the text was too young, but she still kept turning the page to see the cute kitten.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is not a story as much as it is a poem. The illustrations are bright and expressive. They complement each stanza well (just 4 lines per 2-page spread). The vocabulary repetition makes this a very nice choice for developing readers.

Pros: Expressive illustrations combine with an easy-to-read poem that will make animal lovers purr.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. A fun story to share (especially for cat households), but not one that you'd keep forever.


Educational Themes: Young children will enjoy listening to you read this short poem. Children just learning to read will get great practice with common words.

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 - picture book, animal characters, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2015

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