How Many Cats?by Lauren Thompson
Lauren Thompson's clever verse will guide young listeners to count from one to twenty and back again, introducing them to early math skills along the way. Kids will have a blast following their favorite
What's a cat to do when left all alone at home? Why, invite the neighborhood cats over, of course! A quiet afternoon for one quickly becomes a party for twenty.
Lauren Thompson's clever verse will guide young listeners to count from one to twenty and back again, introducing them to early math skills along the way. Kids will have a blast following their favorite felines as they rush and roam through Robin Eley's vivid and playful illustrations.
A seemingly dull day quickly turns into counting mayhem when 19 feline friends follow a kitten home and proceed to tear the place apart. In fluid rhyming text, the head count builds up from "How many cats/are here to play?/Zero , zilch./None today" to "How many cats in all? Plenty!/Now they number nineteen, twenty." Thompson also introduces times table groupings (e.g., "frolicking in four rows of five"). The realistic illustrations are full of energy, with each cat doing its own thing while contributing to the chaos. The domestic setting reinforces the concept of numbers in everyday situations. Although the narrator repeatedly prompts a recount, readers will probably be doing that on their own; the numbers change so quickly-both up and down-that children will want to make sure they have a firm grasp of just how many cats are on a page at any time. The natural cadence of the text and the change-in-the-blink-of-an-eye activity make this a great book for sharing one-on-one. And it's an excellent recommendation for readers who can never have too many cats.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Lauren Thompson is the New York Times best-selling author of Mouse's First Christmas, Mouse's First Halloween, Mouse's First Day of School, and Mouse's First Spring, as well as Little Quack and Little Quack's New Friend. Her other books include Ballerina Dreams and Polar Bear Night. She is a children's book editor and, along with her husband and son, makes her home in Brooklyn, New York. She has one gorgeous cat.
Robin Eley's work has been seen in publications all over the United States, including Time, the Wall Street Journal, Men's Fitness, and The Progressive. He has a BFA from Westmont College and attended the Illustration Academy. He lives in Australia with his girlfriend. They have zero cats, but they are thinking about adopting one.
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My three year old grandson loves stories he can remember and repeat with me and Thompson's rhymes and counting story are fun. But it's Robin Eley's fantastic illustrations that capture his eye. He loves cats and he enjoys looking for every cat he knows in the pictures. And the confused golden lab looks just like his dog. The detail is amazing for a children's book.