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Dear Tabby Hardcover – February 8, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006114245X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061142451
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,190,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K-Gr 3-From her Dumpster on Straye Street Alley, Tabby D. Cat dispenses advice and wisdom to the troubled animals of Critterville. From Boots Whitepaw, who is being smothered with affection by an indulgent child owner, to Betty Bear, who has left the Dingaling Sisters' Traveling Circus after a spat with her brother, Tabby tries to guide her correspondents in their search for happiness. This epistolary picture book is attractive and easy to read, sometimes presenting the writers of the letters in the illustrations, and sometimes showing Tabby as she formulates her responses. Tabby follows her own advice, and her well-being is orchestrated through machinations and common sense, as she shines a light on how a person (or parrot, or skunk, or cat) can make her own happiness. It is a positive message, although the way it comes about might surprise some readers. This book is well suited for one-on-one sharing, with plenty of opportunity for trying on different voices. It would also serve as a fun recommendation for reluctant early elementary readers who still prefer picture books to chapter books.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MAα (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The author of Boris and Bella (2004) offers another humorous picture book brimming with wordplay. In typewritten letters, alley resident Tabby D. Cat dictates shrewd advice to the troubled creatures of Critterville—a pampered cat, a sad basset, a chatty parrot, a lost bear, a lonely skunk, a frantic hamster, and an anxious groundhog. Using common sense, she counsels the parrot to listen, the skunk to be patient, and the groundhog to shine on his special day. Fizzy Hamster is advised to “stop and smell the cedar chips,” while Manfred Basset is directed to sniff out happiness around him. Although some animals require more guidance than others (spoiled feline Boots runs away after his fourth whiny missive—opening up a purr-fect home for the appreciative Tabby), her wisdom eventually prevails. Roberts’ playful artwork provides many details that extend and enhance Crimi’s clever text. Share this with fans of Eileen Christelow’s Letters from a Desperate Dog (2006) and Mark Teague’s Dear Mrs. LaRue (2002). Grades K-3. --Kay Weisman

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By Missy Lee on October 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Not only does my 1st grade daughter love reading this book, but she and the other girls in her class fight over it in the library! I'm buying her a copy, just to end the weekly battle over Tabby D. Cat! The Dear Tabby letters are great, and she loves each unique animals problems and to see their progress as the books goes on - Wheel for sale and a Pleasantly Plump Parrot. Fantastic, fun book that this family loves.
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By Kristine M. on March 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My 5 year old daughter loves this book and so do I. She wants to read it all of the time and each time we both laugh at the funny stories- especially with Pauline Parrot.
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By R. Lesner on February 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The family just loves LOVES this book. It is so sweet, funny and all done by a cat! Both kids and adults are certain to be filled with delight after reading this book.
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By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on November 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Tabby is the cat version of "dear Abby" Animals write to her with all of there problems and she sends back advise! When the animals take her advise things always turn out right! Some of the problems that the animals had were funny! We loved the kitty that was treated like a baby by her owner!
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