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Cat on the Mat Paperback – June 25, 1987


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 140L (What's this?)
  • Series: Cat on the Mat
  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 25, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192721232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192721235
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Wildsmith is one of the most venerable figures in children's illustration today and celebrates over forty years of publishing with OUP - a truly remarkable achievement.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Jones on June 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is for the beginning reader. It shows that words have patterns and in this book the text is well supported by the pictures. Children learning how to read should read this book because it has excellent meaningful, structural and visual cues. I highly recommend this book for children who are learning how words work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mamma Ro on August 20, 2012
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This is super simple for kids just being introduced to reading concepts. The pictures offer cues so that the child can easily figure out what the words say and will never get stuck of discouraged, even when they encounter the word "elephant". This type of book is perfect for introducing concepts like reading from left to right, reading the left page then the right page, introducing title, cover, the end, etc.

Here is the text of the book:

The cat sat on the mat.
The dog sat on the mat.
The goat sat on the mat.
The cow sat on the mat.
The elephant sat on the mat.
Sssppstt! (cat hisses and scares off the other animals)
The cat sat on the mat.

This book is a perfect "first reading book" for a preschooler. Helps to build confidence and the feeling that "I can do it!" A couple other titles that do this well include:
"My Messy Room" (Scholastic Hello Reader)
"Ducks in Muck" (Random House Early Step Into Reading)
the first book in the first box of the BOB books series

It's pretty hard to get a really little kid to take the plunge into reading a book him/herself and very few titles offer this low level practice to build confidence. That's the only reason this book is worth picking up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Robertson on October 14, 2008
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For kindergarten and primary ESL classes, I like books with symmetrical sentences, such as this one.
("The cat dog sat on the mat.
The elephant sat on the mat.")

Other animals join the cat on the mat, much to the annoyance of the cat.
The cat scares the other animals off with a hiss.

The book is beautifully illustrated, like all of Brian Wildsmith's books.
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By papa on December 31, 2013
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I bought this as a gift for my granddaughter and it was great. She loves to read and this was made to order for her.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Pérez on February 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
The book arrived very early in promised condition. Would be pleased to do business with this seller again. Thanks
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