Grandma's Cat

Grandma's Cat

by Helen Ketteman, Marsha Lynn Winborn
     
 

Grandma's cat eludes the fascinated narrator until she tempers her exuberance: instead of chasing him, she courts the cat gently and patiently, offering soft pats and a treat.  See more details below

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Grandma's cat eludes the fascinated narrator until she tempers her exuberance: instead of chasing him, she courts the cat gently and patiently, offering soft pats and a treat.

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"The story will appeal to the many children whose ideas for befriending animals work better in their dreams than in reality. . . . The story reads aloud well, making this a good choice for storytime." Booklist, ALA
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A girl's attempts to befriend her grandmother's "round and fat" cat are at the sweet center of this brief but witty look at feline behavior. "He hides./ I seek" begins the adventure as the girl's overzealous overtures provoke some serious cat attitude and even a scratch on the nose. When Grandma offers sage but simple advice, "just be very gentle," things soon turn downright snuggly: "I sit./ I clap./ He tries my lap." Ketteman (Not Yet, Yvette) delivers a full roller coaster of emotion with an economy of words. Her rhythmic, rhyming (mostly) couplets speak to every child who has tried desperately to express fondness for a pet. Winborn's (Digby & Kate) sprightly ink-and-watercolor illustrations depict an equally compelling visual story line, expanding on the spare text by showing the often hilarious actions of both cat and kid. The artwork also adds another important dimension: Grandma, gardening in her green overalls, takes care that her plucky young charge is never in too much danger. Ages 4-7. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-Grandma's persnickety feline is appropriately wary of the little girl who chases him around in search of friendship. She pursues him through the garden, up stairs and tree limbs, until finally, he plants his claws on her nose. Grandma wisely suggests another tactic for winning his affections. The child uses gentleness to gain kitty's trust, and after quietly courting him with his favorite treats, the pair become best friends. Grandma's Cat is delightfully told in brief, rhymed sentences that make a charming group or individual read-aloud, yet are simple enough for beginning readers to try on their own. The pastel garden setting is whimsically rendered in watercolor, with very likable, expressive characters that perfectly complement this satisfying story.-Christina Linz, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
Carolyn Phelan
In a picture book written from the child's point of view, a little girl visiting her grandma tries to befriend the cat. Spare rhyming phrases relate the situation: "He's up the stair. / I chase him there. / I pounce, but miss. / He gives a hiss. / He's on the rail. / I grab his tail. / He claws my nose. / I yowl. / He goes." Grandma offers a few hints that bring about a happy conclusion, with the cat sleeping on the girl's bed that night. The story will appeal to the many children whose ideas for befriending animals work better in their dreams than in reality. Ink-and-pencil drawings, brightened with watercolor washes in gentle hues, expressively depict the emotions of child, cat, and grandmother in this sometimes humorous book. The story reads aloud well, making this a good choice for storytime.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395730942
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
BR (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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