Happy Cat

Happy Cat

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by Steve Henry

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The joys of giving and receiving are celebrated in this story about a cat who seeks shelter on asnowy day.

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The joys of giving and receiving are celebrated in this story about a cat who seeks shelter on asnowy day.

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Children's Literature - Lisa Czirr
On a cold winter day, Cat searches for a warm place to rest, making several friends along the way. As he climbs inside a building, Cat first meets with Rat, and then continues upstairs where he meets a new animal on each successive floor. As he goes up, Cat is given something new from each occupant, ultimately bringing those items into an attic room where he makes himself comfortable. It is a happy and relaxing day spent indoors for everyone living in the building. The very simple text and repetition in this book from the “I Like to Read” series make it ideal for the beginning reader. Although the simplistic text rarely goes over a three-word sentence per page, the illustrations are particularly detailed. For instance, each occupant is engaged in an activity, from the piano-playing Elephant to the artistic Bird. These details add personality to each character, which could lead into creative exercises for students to elaborate on their backgrounds. The book would also lend itself well to discussions on sharing and friendly neighbor relations. Reviewer: Lisa Czirr; Ages 4 to 6.
School Library Journal
PreS-K—On a cold night, a chilly kitty slides through the basement window of a house and encounters a rat. As he makes his way up the stairs, he comes upon the other animal residents: a dog, a rabbit, a bird, and an elephant. Each occupant is busy reading, painting, or playing music and presents the feline with a gift. When Cat reaches the top, he settles into his new home and is warm and happy. This selection is pleasantly illustrated in watercolor, gouache, and ink. Cat is a plump, likable yellow tabby. Each animal has its own space as shown in cutaway views of the house. Three-word sentences allow beginning readers to connect with the action of the story while the bright spreads provide lots of opportunities for discussion. Repetitive sentence structure and an engaging, simple story with colorful illustrations offer incentive for new readers to develop their reading skills.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH
Kirkus Reviews
This cheery entry in the I Like to Read series successfully tells a simple tale and creates a sense of community using just 20 unique words. Short, declarative sentences describe the action. Cat enters a house, climbs up three floors and finds a cozy room just big enough to make a perfect home. Colorful, cartoon-style illustrations help fill in the details. The eponymous hero is a round, yellow cat with a shy smile who starts out shivering on a cold and snowy sidewalk. Jumping into an open window, he lands in a snug cellar, where he meets a friendly rat who sends him up the stairs. The animals who live in the upper stories welcome Cat and offer gifts that reflect their interests. When "Cat [meets] Dog," who sits in a cozy armchair surrounded by bookshelves, Cat leaves with a book tucked under his arm. Rabbit, an enthusiastic gardener, gives him a small potted plant, Bird offers a painting, and Elephant takes time out from playing the piano to provide a hot cup of tea. By the end, "Cat [is] happy," and readers will be too. Plenty of visual cues, lots of repetition and a clear story arc make this a perfect choice for beginning readers--and parents pressed for time will likely be happy to find such a short, sweet read-aloud. (Early reader.4-7)

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Product Details

Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
I Like to Read Book Series
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
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Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Steve Henry studied illustration and graphic design at the Pratt Institute and has had his artwork featured in the New York Times, TIME, and New York magazine. This is his first book for Holiday House. He lives in New York City.

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Happy Cat 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Happy Cat is a wonderful book!  My four-year-old granddaughter loves it, most especially the wonderful artwork.   The first time we read it, she began noticing all the details in the pictures, which tell the story beautifully.  She  carries it back and forth between her home and ours, and insists that we read it every night.  Although she cannot read yet, she has the story memorized and 'reads" it along with us and has started to recognize some of the words. I highly recommend this book for the colorful, detailed drawings and the simple, comforting story.