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Oh, Cats! (My First I Can Read Book Series)

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When a young girl spies three cats in her yard, she hopes they will be her playmates! But these frolicking felines have other ideas for fun. Will they ever be her friends?

Illustrated with bright, fresh pictures by Nadine Bernard Westcott, Nola Buck's simple text is perfect for emergent readers and cat lovers alike.

A child plays with three new cat friends.

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Overview

When a young girl spies three cats in her yard, she hopes they will be her playmates! But these frolicking felines have other ideas for fun. Will they ever be her friends?

Illustrated with bright, fresh pictures by Nadine Bernard Westcott, Nola Buck's simple text is perfect for emergent readers and cat lovers alike.

A child plays with three new cat friends.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Wendy Keen
Cat lovers will particularly enjoy the antics of this trio of felines and the young girl who desperately wants to play with them. Simplicity and good humor makes this an appealing addition to the "My First I Can Read Book" series. Westcott's illustrations are as diverting as the tale no pun intended itself. Their bright and clean lines match the tone of Buck's text.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1With large print and a vocabulary of about 25 words, this beginner book will be popular with children just learning to read. A girl finds three cats and plays with them. When they start to leave, she begs them to stay. There's a rollicking rhythm and lots of happy faces. Buck's rhyming sentences are enjoyable"I can see cats. One, two, three cats," but occasionally stilted"I will come, cats, to find one cat." Fortunately, Westcott's cartoon illustrations clarify the meaning, giving strong clues to support the text.Sharon R. Pearce, San Antonio Public Library, TX
Kirkus Reviews
A book that is a pleasure to read once and again—Buck (Sid and Sam, p. 65, etc.) scores with this entry in the My First I Can Read Book series.

With a careful economy of words, Buck tells of a hopeful relationship between a girl and three cats. Using primarily four- word sentences and monosyllabic words, as well as internal rhyme for the sound of poetry, a girl urges cats to frolic with her. She tries to get them to swing, play hide-and-seek, and come down from a tree: "If you stay, cats/we will play, cats. Up to you, cats./Be my new cats." Just when it seems the cats will run away, they all land together at her feet, in a cuddly heap. Fewer than 100 words faithfully employ repetition, yet also impart personality to the girl and the shy cats. The illustrations are full of mild humor and just the right amount of action, providing helpful clues for those deciphering the words. It can't be easy to make so few words add up to so much fun, but Buck and Westcott have done it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064442404
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: My First I Can Read Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 213,659
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Nola Buck (the pen name of Laura Godwin) is the author of many well-loved children's books, including Christmas in the Manger. With Ann M. Martin she also coauthored The Doll People, The Runaway Dolls, and The Meanest Doll in the World. She now lives in New York City but grew up in Alberta, Canada, and has fond Christmas Eve memories of watching Eeyore, the family donkey, play a part in the live Christmas pageant in her hometown.

Nadine Bernard Westcott has illustrated numerous books for children, including How to Grow a Picket Fence by Mary Louise Cuneo and two popular children's songs: There's a Hole in the Bucket and Over the River and Through the Wood. She has also illustrated another book in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series: I Can Tell by Touching by Carolyn Otto. Ms Westcott lives on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts.

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