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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Part of the "Tadpoles" series, this Guided Reading Level C book entertains new readers with an amusing tale. Cats and mice are natural enemies—predator and prey—so it is not expected that they would be friends. The story opens with a large cat playing or really terrorizing a mouse, then another and yet another. Finally, when six of them gang up on the cat, the tables are turned and the cat literally slinks under the table with a pitiful meow. Then the mice and cat all decide to play together—the end. The watercolor and pencil illustrations are simple but full of expression on the faces of the smug cat and not so happy mice. The format in the series is interesting, because the words in the text are introduced on the CIP page. At the end of the story there is a puzzle spread which asks readers to find the pictures in the story and tell which pages they are from. I am not entirely sure how useful this exercise is, but the Notes for Adults do offer some very useful activities such as using the jumbled pictures to retell the story. I think asking the readers to put the pictures in sequence might have been more useful that just identifying what pages they are found on. In spite of that quibble, it is an attractive book for early readers. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778705857
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/31/2011
  • Series: Tadpoles , #28
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 21
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 3.05 (w) x 8.09 (h) x 0.07 (d)

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