The Cat in the Hat (Bilingual: English-French)

The Cat in the Hat (Bilingual: English-French)

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by Dr. Seuss
     
 

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Cat lovers and francophiles rejoice—The Cat in the Hat in English and French is back in print! Perfect for teaching beginning readers simple, conversational French or English, the story is here on each page in the language the reader already knows, to guide him or her in the language they are learning. The repetition makes it ideal for learning new words,See more details below

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Cat lovers and francophiles rejoice—The Cat in the Hat in English and French is back in print! Perfect for teaching beginning readers simple, conversational French or English, the story is here on each page in the language the reader already knows, to guide him or her in the language they are learning. The repetition makes it ideal for learning new words, and the hilarious plot makes it easy to read again and again. Learning a new language has never been so much fun!

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Publishers Weekly
CAT IN THE HAT TURNS 50! In celebration of 50 years of Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat, Random House is releasing a pair of books to commemorate the occasion (see Children's Bookshelf, January 11). The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats by Philip Nell begins with the catalyst for Seuss's project, the article "Why Can't Johnny Read" in a 1954 Life magazine article. He then offers a brief biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel, before launching into a page-by-page analysis of The Cat in the Hat. Nel's commentary may center on one book, but along the way he offers a broader context of children's book publishing and education in the 1950s. The paper-over-board The Cat in the Hat Party Edition by Dr. Seuss features a glistening metallic blue cover and an opportunity for readers to participate in a campaign for literacy with First Book, as well as Project 236 (so named for the 236 words in the text of Cat), which culminates with the national read-aloud day on March 2, sponsored by the NEA's Read Across America. (Random, $30 192p ages 10-up ISBN 978-0-375-83369-4; Party Ed. $8.99 72p ages 5-8 ISBN 978-0-394-80001-1; Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
It is delightful to see the reissue of this venerable—ye, iconic—Seuss title in its dual French-English edition, with the original English-language text presented on the same page as the French translation. Yet, Francophile or no, it must be said that this is the rare case when the elegance of the French language doesn't always do justice to a work's American-English original. Where Seuss' native English nearly pops off the page in irresistible, driving rhythms and rhymes, the French rendition finds itself with no rhymes at all, at times lying about almost wimpily on the written page. A line like "All that cold, cold, wet day," becomes "Pendant toute cette journee froide et humide." Yet later, "Oh dear/what a shame!" translates well enough into "Pauvre!/Quel dommage!" The moral here is that trying to make Seuss snap and crackle in another tongue appears to be an uneven enterprise. Still, it is important to have accessible texts available for youngsters learning a second language. It's worth the try. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
Children's Literature - Keri Collins
Since 1957, millions of children have loved the story of the mischievous cat in the striped hat who arrives on a cold and rainy day with his now-famous friends Thing 1 and Thing 2. Although Sally and her brother are admonished by their goldfish not to let that cat in the house, they ignore their practical pet—and the world of children's books changed forever. Written using only 236 easy-to-read words, author/illustrator Theodor Geisel, who wrote under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss, created this book as a reaction to the 1950s classroom reading materials that were considered uninteresting and thus part of the problem of illiteracy in America. To celebrate The Cat in the Hat's fiftieth birthday and to promote literacy, Random House has created this Party Edition with a snazzy foil cover, birthday logo, and a postcard to mail birthday greetings to the cat himself. For each birthday card received by mail or online, including the official postcard found only in the first printing of the Party Edition or a card created by a child, Random House will donate one book to First Book, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing low-income families with new books. Happy Birthday, Cat in the Hat!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394801711
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/27/2009
Series:
Classic Seuss Series
Edition description:
Bilingual Edition: English- French
Pages:
72
Sales rank:
157,565
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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