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Gr 3-6 - Like the other titles in this series of theme-based alphabet books, this one is tough to pigeonhole. The cover, featuring a meowing ginger kitten, implies a preschool alphabet book with suitable illustrations. The pictures are indeed suitable-gorgeous, in fact-rendered in a style that looks uncannily photographic. But the book is jam-packed with facts and ephemera that will be beyond the grasp of an audience reading below a third-grade level. The information is not organized in any particular order, but at the whim of the alphabet itself ("A is for ancestors and anatomy," "T is for tail and toes," "W is for whiskers"). A spread of cat stats and feline facts is appended. Meowis worth purchasing if it is to complement the other books in the series. But as a stand-alone source for all things feline, try Joan Holub's Why Do Cats Meow?(Dial, 2001), Marty Crisp's Everything Cat(NorthWord, 2003), and Tomie dePaola's classic The Kids' Cat Book(Holiday House, 1979; o.p.).-Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MACopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Posted May 22, 2007
An absolutely delightful combination of fact and fancy that will catch the imagination of every reader -- young or old. The clever rhymes will tickle a child's sense of humor and the text is factual, yet crammed with tidbits of information that both inform and surprise. The superb illustrations further highlight the playful and joyful tone of the book which should find a welcome place on every child's bookshelf.
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