Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Children's Book Review: Up Cat

Title: Up Cat
Author: Hazel Hutchins
Illustrator: Fanny
Publisher: Annick Press
Pages: Board Book; 26
Source: NetGalley
Recommended to:
Parents looking for read that promotes new vocabulary and easy repetition of those new words.

Difficulty Level: 
Easy, with a few more advanced words thrown in (i.e., snarled).

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You’d be surprised at what a cat gets up to all day!
A cat can get tangled up in all kinds of fun and mischief between wake-up time and nap time. Follow along with the playful text as Cat laps up milk, messes up the house, gets up to no good, stands up to a visiting dog, and finally curls up for a nap in the sun.

The expressive, energetic illustrations against simple backgrounds mirror the spare but rhythmic text that teaches about “up” actions while leading the reader through a day in the life of a cat.

Hazel Hutchins presents an adorable look into the day of a cat in Up Cat. This mischievous little cat performs all sorts of actions that center around the word "UP". Since this was a vocabulary word that my kindergartners were focusing on, I thought that this would be a great addition to their week. They were enamored by the bright colors, the sweet illustrations, and the easy to read words on every page. In kid terms, this was a favorite!

From a teacher aspect, I loved the addition of some tougher words into the book. Teaching words like "snarled" is much easier when there are bright and fun illustrations that accompany them. If I had one wish, it would be that this book was a few pages longer. Still, as an easy reader, this book is fantastic! The repetition makes it easy for students to learn to read it on their own very quickly.

Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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