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"This is a good addition to shelves of concept books." -- Kirkus Reviews -- Kirkus Reviews

"The rhyme schemes and artwork make the missing words clear on each spread, and the kids should enjoy filling (or shouting) in the answers." -- Publishers Weekly -- Publishers Weekly

"Whether used as a simple readaloud, a game, or an introduction to the concept of opposites, this should please many little ones." -- Booklist -- Booklist

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Big Cat, Small Cat takes readers through a fantastical world of felines, where they will encounter many different pairs of cats--from good and bad to happy and sad. The book's sing-song text leaves out the last word of each page, allowing little ones to chime in and complete the rhyme. Captivating, colourful illustrations provide clues for the words that have been left out. Introducing words like 'dirty', 'clean', 'nice', and 'mean', Big Cat, Small Cat teaches children about rhyming and opposites with a fun, fill-in-the-blank challenge that encourages participation.

The illustrations by accomplished illustrator and cartoonist Ami Rubinger are charming and unique, depicting a variety of humorous cats that will engage young and old readers alike.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Kids (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789210290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789210296
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My grandchildren LOVED this book!
Donna C. Salinas
I would read books about choosing books for kids and still do now as an elementary school library specialist.
Lori Katz
The fill in the blank concept makes this book for very young children a good educational tool as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tax Accountant on September 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What a cute book, illustrated by accomplished artist Ami Rubinger. My son loves it. We have a cat and it's nice to have a book with an animal that my son can actually relate to(he's only 3). He points to our cat while we are reading.

A very nice children's book for a child 3-6? Maybe younger if they are speaking well already. The book is meant to be read aloud, and you are supposed to "fill in the blanks" at the end of a rhyme-y song. Well, that's how we read it at our house, anyway.

A very cute book for children and adults who love kitties.
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As a parent I enjoyed reading books to/with my own children that stimulated their brains and made them think. I would read books about choosing books for kids and still do now as an elementary school library specialist. Thanks to Abbeville Press via Netgalley I have discovered a wonderful author/illustrator. His name is Ami Rubinger and his books are extraordinary. First is I Dream of an Elephant, a rhyming book about colors. Hints are given in the rhymes about the color but the reader has to fill in the blanks and children will love doing that. What a terrific way to explore colors.

Next we have Big Cat, Small Cat a book not just about cats. Written in rhyme it helps young ones stretch their vocabulary to come up with the descriptive words about the cats. The illustrations are adorable and the faces on the cats priceless. Lastly is Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10 which uses dogs and rhymes and dogs to teach children to count to 10 while filling in the blanks. All three books are creative and imaginative and will teach without children realizing they are learning. Recommended for toddlers through second graders and older for those learning English as a second language.
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Format: Hardcover
With cats galore this book is fun
Just right to share when the day is done
A delightful book, told in rhyme
With a word missing every . . . .

Children will love to describe each cat
There is no doubt at all about that
They'll also find it great to end the rhyme
For each verse, every . . . . .

I have no hesitation at all today
To highly regard this book, I say
Hurry, go take a great big look
Then go out and buy yourself this . . . .

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too
for letting me read this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
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By Christian on February 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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Once again, Ami Rubinger has written an adorable book that helps children in group particpation as well as teaches opposites in a fun way. Each cat presented has a little rhyme of its own with that missing word at the end again as Ami's other books. The missing word is the opposite of the word described by the rhyme. Each page is entertaining by the art that covers it.

I really enjoyed reading this book and was entertained by the pictures of all the cats and their characteristics.

I rated this book 4/5 stars and recommend it.
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By Zapkode Marie on October 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
{my thoughts} - This is a really nice book that touches base on opposites and rhyming. I read this book with my 6 year-old and although there are some words he did not know due to complexity in language, he still enjoyed the book. He also enjoyed pointing out how each of the cats were alike but different at the same time. I believe this is a great book for the kindergarten - first grade level as it appears to fall in that category of learning.

The illustrations are nice, eye catching and easy for a young child to tell that it is in fact pictures of cats.
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Format: Hardcover
The idea behind most of Ami Rubinger's picture books for young children is that kids will love filling in the blanks of the read-aloud rhymes. In Big Cat, Small Cat, I'm not sure all of these pictures are obvious enough for children to guess the rhymes, but it's cute.

For more reviews, please visit my blog, CozyLittleBookJournal.

Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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By JustMee on February 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This would a great book for pre-school teacher or a daycare worker, however, would be great for parents as well. Great "ReadAlong" book. It's format is a wonderful idea. Throughout the book the child has to figure out the next word which is a great way of keeping the child involved. Illustrations are perfect for small children. This book is deffinately a must have.
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Format: Hardcover
Big Cat, Small Cat by Ami Rubinger
Pub Date: March 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780789210296
Illustrated, very colorful children's book.
Pages show and state in words about the sizes and shapes and other characteristics of different cats.
Good educational tool and fun for all.
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