Naming the Cat

Naming the Cat

by Laurence P. Pringle, Katherine Potter
     
 

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When a family finds a cat, they all debate what to name him. The cat tries these names on for size. Just when it seems that the family will never agree, they discover the perfect name for their pet. New in paperback.

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When a family finds a cat, they all debate what to name him. The cat tries these names on for size. Just when it seems that the family will never agree, they discover the perfect name for their pet. New in paperback.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pringle, best known for his children's books on nature and ecology, disappoints with this marginal tale, which the flap copy notes is based on his own family's experience. After they determine that none of the neighbors owns the cat that appears one day at their door, two siblings and their parents struggle to find an appropriate name for the friendly feline. All but the least observant readers will easily predict the outcome of this search as the family members take turns telling their new pet how lucky he is: lucky that the vase he knocks over doesn't break, lucky that he isn't a feral cat like one they spy in an alley, lucky that he lands safely on his feet when he falls out of a window. Potter's (My Mother the Cat) spare, static illustrations add little energy or color to the drawn-out and bland narrative. Ages 5-8. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1--In this harmonious pairing of story and art, a cat, "more curious than afraid," appears at a family's back door and, in typical fashion, adopts them. After ascertaining that the feline does not belong to anyone in the neighborhood, the family set about naming him. None of the monikers--not Bubba, or Fish Breath, or even Macavity--seems to fit. As the mischievous animal cavorts through a series of mishaps, the family find themselves saying over and over again, "You are a lucky cat." And, of course, the name sticks. The art, with its soft, almost furlike texture, nicely complements the mood of this pleasant story. The eye-catching layout varies from action shots of the cat's antics, to full-page spreads, to small portraits of the feline depicting the imagined possible personas. The humorous illustrations and the amusing names make this an enjoyable choice for storyhours.--Caroline Ward, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802775658
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.08(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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