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Cattus Petasatus: The Cat in the Hat in Latin (Latin Edition) (Latin) Hardcover – June 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 75 pages
  • Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers; Latin language edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: Latin
  • ISBN-10: 0865164711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865164710
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language Notes

Text: Latin (translation)
Original Language: English

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The text and the pictures are big and clear.
Odysseus
Just like cat in the hat in English but Latin and perfect for learning Latin.
H. Hun
Despite the challenge, it was highly enjoyable to read.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Denali on August 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am a three year Latin student, and am particularly obsessed with the language. When I got this book, I was expecting a light and funny Latin read. However, I was surprised by its difficulty. Because the book has been (brilliantly) rendered into the same rhyming meter as Seuss' English version, the words in Latin do not directly correspond to the English. This makes it infinately more challeging, in that you cannot check your translation against the English book. In fact, it took me a good month or so to get through it. Despite the challenge, it was highly enjoyable to read. I am amazed by the skill it would take to rhyme the words in Latin in the same way Seuss originally did, while keeping the same baisic meaning. If students of the language would like a slightly easier read, I would highly recommend "Ferdinandus Taurus", which is also fun to read but with less complex language and grammar.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "wumouse" on July 23, 2003
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Having studied Latin throughout high school, I could appreciate the innovation and creativity necessary to translate Dr. Seuss' classic story while still preserving rhyme and meter. However, my little sister, who has just recently learned to read on such classics as "The Cat in the Hat," perhaps enjoyed "Cattus Petasatus" even more than I did. Not automatically looking to identify subject and verb, she giggled with delight at the new words that roll off the tongue with the catchy meter and bragged to my parents that she was able to speak Latin! Because the pictures are the same as the English, she was able to follow the storyline and give expression to the words.
Whether as an introduction to Latin or an amusing twist of the Dr. Seuss classic, "Cattus Petasatus" is a wonderful variation that will make the reader and audience smile.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Doug M on September 4, 2001
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Having tried to learn Latin, I found reading the Classics was extremely difficult. Afterall, it is written by a native speaker, and I am no Latin native speaker. So I found this book to be very useful. The only problem is that it emulates Dr. Seuss's writing so well, that the whole book uses pretty much once case in Latin. You will learn that case very well, but won't be able to practice other cases in normal writing. However, I think it was a terrific idea, and I like the fact that all the words are listed in the back (as well as the context). The fact that it uses more mundane words (compare with Caesar's Gaelic Wars) is also great for intermediate readers.
All in all, I consider it time well spent, not to mention, its just fun reading Dr. Seuss in Latin.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Kwashnak VINE VOICE on February 3, 2002
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It's well known that Dr. Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat in response to a challenge to write a children's book only using 40 basic vocabulary words. Now a new spin brings basic vocabulary to another language. Latin, often thought to be the "dead" language, is brought alive with something other than the so called "dead guys." Here the reader can have a basis in the book, and verse, beforehand and see it and Latin anew in this translation. The translators do a marvelous job of mimicing the rhythm and meter of Seuss's charming tale. And with the Seuss drawings intact the connection between the text in Latin and the story is there to help you along. It makes Latin accessible and that's not a small feat. Read it aloud and you feel so very intelligent. Try this book - it's fun.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a child I was very familiar with the story of "The Cat In The Hat" as most American children are. Now as a beginning Latin student I saw the famous story in a whole new light in this new Latin edition. It inspires me to learn Latin, proving that Latin is alive and in use. It also enhances my knowledge, exposure, and experience of this important language. I found it very helpful and useful as I can figure out the story and words by drawing back on my childhood love of Dr Suess. I strongly recomend this book to any Latin student.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Smith on December 2, 2009
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This book is hilarious. It doesn't have any educational value (if that's what you're looking for) but it's great just for laughs and can be read many times. Note that the language used is not so easy and not suitable unless you've had three or four years of Latin. If you need something simpler (for young children) you will be better off with Puer Zingiberi Panis: et Fabulae Alterae (Latin Edition).

See my 'Latin Reading List' and 'Best Latin Books for Kids and Teens'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Odysseus on March 22, 2013
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Almost every word in this book can be found in the Lewis Elementary Latin Dictionary, which means that the Latin is neither too difficult nor too rare to consider studying. The translation was very well done and the Latin verse is as close to the original English as can be expected. This book is too hard for an absolute beginner, but any student who has gone through a beginner's Latin course - including all forms, the most common case uses, indirect speech, participles, and some simple uses of the subjunctive - should be able to understand this within a few weeks of serious study.

The book is the same size and has the same layout and pictures as the original English Dr. Seuss books, and the quality of the hardback is excellent. The paperback is not bad but could be better; the glue on the spine is breaking loose from the cover on my copy. The text and the pictures are big and clear. There are no macrons. The 500 Latin words in the dictionary in the back have the simplest English definitions. There are no parts of speech listed but you can easily deduce most of them.
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"A person's a person, no matter how small," Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted."

Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped millions of kids learn to read.

Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University, intending to acquire a doctorate in literature. At Oxford, Geisel met Helen Palmer, whom he wed in 1927. Upon his return to America later that year, Geisel published cartoons and humorous articles for Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at that time. His cartoons also appeared in major magazines such as Life, Vanity Fair, and Liberty. Geisel gained national exposure when he won an advertising contract for an insecticide called Flit. He coined the phrase, "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" which became a popular expression.

Geisel published his first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, in 1937, after 27 publishers rejected it.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.

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