Cats Are Like That

Cats Are Like That

by Martha Weston
     
 
Dot loves her new fish. They are colorful and zip around in their bowl. Unlike her cat Fuzzy, they don't get hair all over. Fuzzy loves the new pets too. But he doesn't want to watch them swim. He wants to eat them for dinner. Luckily for the fish, Dot knows what to expect from a cat, but what will Fuzzy try when Dot isn't looking? Dot has her hands full trying to

Overview

Dot loves her new fish. They are colorful and zip around in their bowl. Unlike her cat Fuzzy, they don't get hair all over. Fuzzy loves the new pets too. But he doesn't want to watch them swim. He wants to eat them for dinner. Luckily for the fish, Dot knows what to expect from a cat, but what will Fuzzy try when Dot isn't looking? Dot has her hands full trying to teach fish and felines to be friends in this warm and humorous easy reader about the advantages and disadvantages of some popular pets.

Holiday House Readers is a line of books that features large type, simple vocabulary, and short manageable chapters. The books are specially written, illustrated, and designed for children who are learning to read on their own. Level 2 books are intended for children in the first and second grades.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Through various trials, Dot finally realizes that her pets, three goldfish and a cat, are they way they are because of what they are. Animals behave as they do because of their nature. The fish swim around; the cat tries to get at the fish. They do not read, play with particular toys, or socialize with one another. Dot realizes that the fish are fun to watch, but that the cat is the interactive pet. The illustrations are detailed and a good match for the text. However, while the story has the fish being relegated to a new, higher cornershelf, my experience with cats indicates that the fish would not be safe there either. This is a Level 2 "Holiday House Reader."
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Dot has three new pet fishFunny, Baby, and Flashthat she tries to amuse with books and toys. She introduces them to her cat, and when he explores more closely, the fish are moved to the bureau. Then, they need to be moved to the bookshelf when Fuzzy wants to play with them. During the night, the feline knocks over the surrounding books, but the fish are safe and their bowl is moved to a newly installed corner shelf. In the end, Dot tells the cat, Fish cant play with me. But you can. This is a predictable beginning reader with colorful cartoon illustrations that add personality and flesh out the simple text. Its a welcome addition to collections in need of more just beginning books.Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Three fish and a curious cat make for a rambunctious tale in this Level 2 Holiday House Reader from Weston (Bad Baby Brother, 1997, etc.). When Dot brings her new fish home, she introduces the three of them to her cat Fuzzy. After several minutes of watching the fish circle the bowl, Dot determines that they must be bored and surrounds their bowl with exciting treasures such as books and a play dinosaur. However, Fuzzy has other plans for the fish and Dot has to rescue them several times from the feline's searching paws. After a close encounter in the night, Dot's mother builds a high shelf for the fish bowl, far out of reach of Fluffy, and Dot rediscovers the merits of her furry friend. Weston's humorous take on the feline mind permeates the tale, while soft watercolors with jagged, loose lines highlight all the action. In four manageable chapters, this warm story offers an achievable challenge to those moving beyond beginning reader status. (Picture book. 6-8) .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823414192
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Series:
Holiday House Reader Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.33(d)
Lexile:
180L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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