Children's Literature - Barbara Carroll RobertsYoung cat lovers who are learning to read will be captivated by this book. With big, bright photos of cats and kittens on each two-page spread, young readers will be hooked as soon as they turn the first page. The text is simple yet interesting, with enough repetition of sentence structure to keep young readers' momentum going, but enough variation to keep it interesting. Kids who really love catsand there are manywill read this book over and over. They'll also enjoy the "Hands-On" activity at the end of the book, with instructions for making a cat mask. Back matter includes an index, glossary, and suggestions for further reading. This book is part of the "My First Look at Pets" series.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 3-These attractive titles present general information, including short chapters on choosing and caring for a cat or a dog and the fun of owning one. The beautiful color photographs are the books' best feature, but their layout is confusing. The illustrations do not always relate to the text on the same spread, and captions are often at the bottom of the page instead of being directly under the pictures they describe, with unrelated text between the two. Dogs includes instructions on how to make a paper dog tag, and Cats demonstrates the construction of a cat mask. The resources listed under "Explore the Web" are not particularly good; several have pop-up ads and seem to be more appropriate for adults than children. The illustrations of active animals will appeal to young readers, but youngsters looking for more detailed information will do better with Claire Hibbert's Dog (Smart Apple Media, 2004) and Stephane Frattini's Face-to-Face with the Cat (Charlesbridge, 2003).-Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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