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See the Cat by David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka is three delightful stories in one book. I highly recommend this book for young readers, writing teachers, and dog lovers. Often, when a book is "decodable" the storyline is dreadfully boring and requires very little, if any, inferential thinking. The author and illustrator of See the Cat have created a decodable, funny, AND enjoyable book. As a teacher of striving readers, I would love to see more of these books in libraries! (Round Rock Public Library does have two copies! Yay, RRPL!)
As a writing teacher, I think this would be great for a mini-lesson on revision. In the second story, Max actually takes his pencil, inserts one word, and saves his own life! What a wonderful example to young writers of how adding one word can change your story. I think it would be appropriate to use this in writing lessons from kindergarten through fifth grade.
This book is silly and children get a big kick out of it. It's wording is good for young readers. There is a typo in the last part and the text does not fit into the talking bubble- that seems an odd oversight in an otherwise fun story book. The art is cute, and not the stuff of horrific nightmares like many of the less expensive children's books I have found.
This was just what we needed! All of the words are easy for my 4 year old to read without needing to throw in overly complex words to get a story told. My child was excited to read more because he wasn’t stumbling over the non sight words you find in “level 1” readers which is exactly what I was looking for. When he was able to get through a chapter he wanted to call everyone he knew to read to them. Major kudos to the author for encouraging young children to read through a fun story told with a handful of words. I am grateful!
This is a terrific book for emerging readers. It is a true early reader that is laugh-out-loud funny and very clever. I home school my five-year-old granddaughter and she loves to read this to whomever will listen. Last week I video called my six-year-old granddaughter in the Philippines and held it so she could read it to me. She loved it too. I wish I could find more early readers that are this perfect.
I am helping my grandson with learning from home during the pandemic. He is in kindergarten and before starting could not read at all. This book was PERFECT for him to read himself. The words are simple and easy to sound out. There is repetition of words that also is great for learning. The stories are also just perfect for his age. He giggled all the way through and wanted to read it to everyone.
It works if the child reads it and it works if someone reads it to a child. An adult picked it up in my home and read it out loud. No children present but both adults laughed. The story is short, uses clear words, is funny (always a good idea with kids) and the illustrations are amazing. As I said, it's awinner,
My son loves this book! It uses the sight words he's learning in school so he's very proud of himself for reading it all by himself. It's really funny too, I heard belly laughs from him when he read the name "Baby Cakes"! Hope this turns into a series, he's wants more!
We originally borrowed this book from the library. My six year old twins love reading it because it's funny. We liked it so much that we bought it and are looking forward to the new one, See the Dog. I recommend it for entertaining beginning readers.