Meow Means Mischief

Overview

From the author and illustrator of the well-received DEAR WHISKERS, this sweet, funny companion piece deals with identity, family, and change.

It's a purrfect match . . . almost! When Tiger comes meowing at the doorstep, he steals Rana's heart. Unfortunately, her family isn't as excited. They've just moved into a new house, Rana's parents are leaving on vacation, and her grandparents are coming all the way from India to visit. There's no time to take care of a playful pet, ...

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Overview

From the author and illustrator of the well-received DEAR WHISKERS, this sweet, funny companion piece deals with identity, family, and change.

It's a purrfect match . . . almost! When Tiger comes meowing at the doorstep, he steals Rana's heart. Unfortunately, her family isn't as excited. They've just moved into a new house, Rana's parents are leaving on vacation, and her grandparents are coming all the way from India to visit. There's no time to take care of a playful pet, especially one whose pesky paws are everywhere -- including her sister's fishbowl! But the kitten looks as lonely as Rana feels in her new school. Both of them could use a friend. Has Tiger caused too much mischief? Or will Rana's parents let him stay?

A stray kitten turns out to be the perfect way to help Rana make friends in her new school and to feel more comfortable with her grandparents, who are visiting from India while her parents are away.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Rana does not enjoy her Indian grandparents, who have come from India to baby sit and visit while her parents travel. Grandma is crabby, seems to favor Rana's younger sister Tara, and most of all, does not like the wild kitten that Rana is trying to adopt. Nagda has written a rare story of depth for second and third graders. She weaves in details of how to raise a cat, thoughtfully provided by a new friend Rana makes when she reveals in her journal that she needs help with cat care and the class becomes involved in giving advice. Grandma gradually softens, teaches Rana to cook Indian food, and provides a welcoming number of snacks when some of Rana's classmates visit to supply cat toys, the energy for a cat bath, and some cat food. The story reads smoothly, is helpfully divided into short chapters for new readers, and Grandma and Rana's newfound friendship is a satisfying conclusion. Grandpa's support of Rana was never in doubt—a fact that helps young readers through Rana's difficulties with Grandma. Like Nagda's Dear Whiskers, this story introduces Indian culture without making it the focus of a story. Roth's black and white ink wash and line illustrations and chapter introductions are warmly narrative and the inclusion of Rana's journal entries in boldface break the text nicely. All in all, it's a first-rate selection for new chapter book readers and a good read-aloud, as well. 2003, Holiday House, Ages 7 to 10.
— Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Rana describes her move to a new neighborhood, the arrival of her not-so-favorite grandparents from India, and her adoption of a stray kitten. Mishaps abound but are resolved with sensitivity and humor, and the girl is rewarded with friends and a better understanding of family members. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823417865
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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