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Caterina and the Perfect Party Hardcover – July 11, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (July 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803739028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803739024
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-Caterina, a small, brown, bright-eyed bird, is very organized and proud of it. She loves making lists to ensure everything turns out exactly the way she intends, because the one thing she cannot abide is a surprise. Though she meticulously plans and makes preparations, with assistance from her little brother, for a party in the park, with thoughtful invitations, decorations, and food, the festivities do not turn out as she imagines. How friends help her deal with disappointment shows that surprises can be pleasant and spontaneity may lead to unforgettable experiences. Charming mixed-media illustrations are the highlight of the simple story, which doesn't break new ground, but imparts lessons gently. Readers will want to spend time perusing the intricate details in the pictures, which include postage stamps, floss, fabric, textures, and photographs.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The star of Kono’s latest is a little brown bird who behaves like a creative little girl, making crafts and lists out of her “great big colorful thoughts.” With huge blue glasses and a pink flower in her hair, Caterina takes center stage as she plans her first party. Kono fills the jubilant pages with diverting multimedia scenes: Caterina’s many lists and pieces of memorabilia, the elaborate decorations and invitations she makes for the party, and the food she prepares. Her lists are fun to read, especially her annotated guide to her friends and the “things not to love” list: “surprises, surprises, surprises.” Unfortunately, Caterina plans the entire outdoor bash without thinking about the weather, so all seems ruined when the huge (but prettily patterned) rain cloud moves in. Thankfully, Caterina’s friends come to the rescue, with each bringing something for a new party, giving Caterina the opportunity to learn the pleasure of a good surprise. A nice message with a buoyant delivery. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Abby Nolan

More About the Author

Erin is an award winning author and illustrator. She grew up in Iowa and then spent a bunch of years wandering around the world. These days, Erin lives in Palos Verdes, CA with her husband, daughter, dog, hamster, and the neighborhood's wild Peacock. Erin's books include: CATERINA AND THE LEMONADE STAND (Dial 2014), CATERINA AND THE PERFECT PARTY (Dial 2013), HULA LULLABY, (Little Brown 2005) which won the Children's Literature Council's Excellence in a Picture Book Award and was named "Best Lullaby and Goodnight Book" by Nick Jr. Magazine; She co-authored/illustrated THE TWELVE DAYS OF WISCONSIN CHRISTMAS (Sterling 2007). She also illustrated STAR BABY by Margaret O'Hair (Clarion 2005) named on the Center for Early Literacy's "Best Book for Babies" top ten list, and was a top ten pick for ABCs Best book for Babies and Toddlers. NELLIE AND THE BANDIT by Eileen Ross (FSG 2005), PASSOVER by Roni Schotter (Little, Brown 2006), PUNK WIG by Lori Reis (Boyds Mills 2008) a Bank Street College of Education "Best Book of the Year", and GRANDMOTHER HAVE THE ANGELS COME? by Denise Vega (Little, Brown 2009

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By Schnauzer mom on June 12, 2014
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Cute story about how a party is not always in the "details " but about who is there. The illustrations are very cute too
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