Cat the Cat, Who Is That?

Common Sense Media says

Charming friend tale for both toddlers and new readers.

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Educational value
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Positive messages

Cat’s warm exchanges with her friends reinforce social interactions, and she shows that making a new friend is as easy as saying hello.

Positive role models

Big-hearted Cat the Cat has a friendly greeting for everyone.

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this friendly little book is fun to read, and a good choice for beginning readers.

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What's the story?

Cat the Cat is out for a walk and greets her friends -- Mouse, Duck, and Fish -- each time answering the question, \"Who is that?\" Then she encounters a strange, four-armed creature. Who is it? \"I have no idea,\" Cat the Cat says. Rather than shy away, she seizes the chance to make a new friend.

Is it any good?

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Cat the Cat skips, jumps, and pirouettes with delight in this simple but cute book. Kids will relate when she stops up short at the sight of a giant yellow-green, four-armed creature stacking blocks -- and giggle when she and the creature scatter the blocks in sheer joy. Simple words and repetition make this an especially fun and rewarding choice for beginning readers.

Simply drawn, brightly colored cartoons are as exuberant as Cat and her friends.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about meeting new people. How do you greet someone new? How do you make new friends? Talk about how you got to know some of your best friends.

  • You also can talk about different kinds of greetings. What are some of the ways you say "hello"? And how do you answer?

Book details

Author:Mo Willems
Illustrator:Mo Willems
Genre:Friendship
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Balzer + Bray
Publication date:February 16, 2010
Number of pages:32
Read alone:5

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Parent Written byrivermom January 22, 2011
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Wacky fun friendship book

This book is very silly but always makes my 2 year old laugh. Plus it's a nice message about making friends, and not judging at first sight.
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Teen, 17 years old Written byTheSanguineOne March 27, 2010
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Wonderful for All Ages!

This, a charming story of a cat and his wondrous adventures, is quite fitting for any child and should be cherished for the development of young children and toddlers. =]
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Parent of a 5 and 7 year old Written byJamie and James March 20, 2010
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Dazzling, or Frazzling?

Comments-really doesn't stand out from other picture books, but great friendship lessons. At least it teaches kids new things. My kids just (used to) love those illustrations. I mean, this book could tell the story just with the pictures. But this is a warm-feeling book-it makes you feel good.
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