Cat's Colors

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What is Cat's favorite color? Is it green, like the grass where he likes to walk? Or yellow, like the sand on a sunny beach? Children who are learning new colors can join in Cat's fun, as he explores the colors all around him. With its bright palette and playful, endearing kitten, this cheery book is perfect for the very young child. "Big, bold, and bright...this cheerful picture book gives young children a chance to learn their colors." --Booklist, starred review

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Overview


What is Cat's favorite color? Is it green, like the grass where he likes to walk? Or yellow, like the sand on a sunny beach? Children who are learning new colors can join in Cat's fun, as he explores the colors all around him. With its bright palette and playful, endearing kitten, this cheery book is perfect for the very young child. "Big, bold, and bright...this cheerful picture book gives young children a chance to learn their colors." --Booklist, starred review

A cat describes ten different colors and tells which one is its favorite.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her first book for children, British artist Cabrera covers almost every inch of space with thick, energetic paint strokes with the look of finger-painting. Her style exudes the joy of creation: the illustrations possess a tactile vitality and a just-ripped-from-the easel freshness, almost as if the vibrant colors have yet to dry. The story is like a guessing game: through a series of simple questions, the reader is asked to figure out which of 10 colors is the favorite of the hero, a bright-eyed orange kitten with dashing black stripes. "Is it pink?" reads a spread that finds the kitten peeping through a field of enormous flowers. "Pink are the petals of my favorite flowers." Cabrera seems to revel in putting her sassily rendered kitten through its paceson other spreads, the cat perches in a black night aflutter with gleeful bats, leaps through a blue sky ("where I chase the birds"), lolls on a red rug in the company of a mouse. The book's playfulness extends to the typography (actually a mixture of type and calligraphy), which skips and tumbles on the page. A noteworthy entry in a crowded field of color-concept books. Ages 3-7. (May)
Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
Are all fire trucks red? Why do fire stations have brass poles connecting the floors? And what does the word hazmat mean? Here's a fascinating reference book that's fun to read. Gorrell traces the evolution of firefighting technology from the earliest times to today's advanced training and technology. Also included are facts about the special risk and problems of fires in such places as ships, planes, forests and oil fields; the many other life-saving duties firefighters perform in addition to putting out fires; and fire safety/first aid tips important for everyone to know. A difficult, wide-ranging topic has been made understandable and entertaining. Each chapter is amply illustrated with black-and-white photos and line art, showing firefighters in action.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10A thorough introduction to the topic, from the bucket brigades of olden times to the state-of-the-art equipment used today. The author has included a wealth of related information that will be of interest to general readers as well as to students doing research. She presents the science behind how a fire burns, provides short descriptions of important blazes in history, discusses how equipment has changed, and explains the tactics used by modern firefighters to control and extinguish flames. She also covers wildfires; arson; fires on ships, airplanes, and subways; fire safety; and the varied skills and roles of current-day firefighters, including cleaning up spills and search and rescue. These chapters add significantly to the breadth and depth of the book. Numerous black-and-white illustrations, ranging from reproductions depicting equipment and blazes from the past to action photos of contemporary firefighters at work, appear throughout. Lively and informative, this is an excellent addition to nonfiction collections.William C. Schadt, Glacier Park Middle School, Maple Valley, WA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreSBold watercolors enhance this charming story of a kitten and its hunt for a favorite color. It checks out nine different hues before deciding that orange is the winner because it is the color of Cat's mother, a big orange tabby. The sweet ending should be a delightful surprise for toddlers. The entertaining lesson about colors will be a hit with children and parents alike. Striking two-page spreads quickly draw readers into the simple and unassuming story, while the dramatic and cheerful artwork is a definite plus.Melissa Hudak, North Suburban District Library, Roscoe, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Those who think they've seen everything in the ubiquitous color concept-book genre haven't seen Cabrera's debut, an irresistible take on the subject. An orange-and-black kitten takes children on a trip through his world and invites them to discover his favorite color. In a series of involving spreads, the kitten explores the world and introduces both concepts and colors. Each time the kitten asks if a particular color is it, viewers are treated to a boldly gestural, accomplished oil painting in green, pink, black ("the night when bats swoop and soar"), red, yellow, purple ("the yarn I tangle in my claws"), brown, blue, white ("the clouds floating in the sky"), or orange. "Is it orange? Yes! . . . the color of my mother." The art is childlike and comforting, with broad, visible strokes of the brush. Impish and informational.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140564877
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 267,283
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.63 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Gena K. Gorrell is an editor and author living in Toronto. Her works of non-fiction include North Star to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad. She is a member of the auxiliary police and an expert diver.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2005

    Cute book

    My son learned the colors from reading this book. The simple sentences are great too. He even memorized the words on each page. He also loved the surprised ending. Plus, it's the only book that has so many colors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2004

    a warm book

    The end of this book is very moving. It tells a simple truth: love is beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2004

    GREAT ILLUSTRATION

    I am a student, majoring in childhood studies. For my children's literature class we were told to find a book to read aloud on an audio tape which would then be sent to Mexico for children who are learning English. It has very fun illustrations, and the ending is really cute... I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2004

    very cute

    It is a fun book. Kids love it. I work at a daycare and the kids love it and learn the colors very well. Some have even chosen to have orange be there favorite color too. :)

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