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Elemenopeo Hardcover – September 28, 1998

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-Elemenopeo (L-M-N-O-P-O) is no ordinary house cat. This pet enjoys bagels with lox and cream cheese for breakfast, playing hide-and-seek with the birds (Elemenopeo is dismayed when they fly away and tries to reassure them it is only a game), and being with other feline friends. One day, when the cat can't go outside, it finds an easel and paints a large self-portrait with the addition of wings, then curls up and dreams of flying adventures. This is an innocuous story, illustrated with full-page childlike paintings of the small black-and-white animal and its escapades. There are many livelier cat stories to engage a child's imagination; this one is strictly additional.
Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Ages 4^-8. Elemenopeo is the name of a cat--and a perfect name it is. It happily reflects the sensibility of many a preschooler who has thought that "L-M-N-O-P" was one long, glorious word found smack in the middle of the alphabet. And this black-and-white cat bears the name well, as it is a rather unusual cat. Oh, it pursues the typical cat diversions--bird-watching, gamboling with a cat friend, and napping--but this cat has an artistic bent. Feeling a bit constrained because the cat door is closed (apparently for repairs), Elemenopeo decides to paint a picture--a self-portrait of a black-and-white feline with wings: "Portrait of an Artist as a Young Bird." A tired little cat, Elemenopeo then curls up (where else but in the paint box?) to dream of flying. Saaf's own paint pots were filled with splendid colors that he transferred to the pages, and his naive-style pictures perfectly suit Ziefert's whimsical tale. Shelley Townsend-Hudson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: AD160L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books (September 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395904935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395904930
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,301,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Elemenopeo isn't my favorite children's book, but it's in the top twenty. I'm kind of surprised by the lukewarm reviews this book has received. While no one seems to hate this book, it is consistently faulted for being fluffy or boring or bland. While I can't completely disagree with any of those adjectives, I don't see it as a problem. In fact, the gentle simplicity of this story is what I like best about it.
My kids(2-7)love this book - I think because it seems so authentic to them. Elemenopeo is a regular cat and that forms the basis of this story. Cats are usually pretty set in their ways, but they will risk an occasional - very careful - adventure if they're sure it won't put them in an undignified situation or get their fur wet. Cats also feel that they are entitled to their own set of eccentric whims, such as eating bagels and lox for breakfast every morning. Like Seinfeld was a sitcom about nothing, and this cat story is just the same. My older kids know that cats hate adventures, so this 'boring' story about a cat who has a wonderful day doing very little makes sense to them. I wouldn't say that it's necessary to be a cat person in order to enjoy this book, but it helps. Elemenopeo gets a great deal of pleasure from the ordinariness of her day, and anyone can understand that. But I suspect that only people who really like cats will see that there is humor in this story. Even if this book really is boring (don't think sparse . . . think spare!), the wonderful illustrations make up for it. The paintings are vivid and colorful - lots of fun for kids and grownups to look at. BONUS: If you are familiar with modern painting you'll probably notice an uncanny resemblance between the pictures in the book and the art of Marc Chagall.
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Format: Hardcover
Love this book at our house! We found it at the library and our young daughter had a hard time bringing it back. Thanks to a gift, this book is in our permanent collection now! Elemenopeo is a great book about a sweet cat who is very set in her ways. When her daily routine is interrrupted, she has to get very creative! It's fun for the kids and fun to read out loud!
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By A Customer on November 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It's a short story about a cat who gets trapped inside for a day and decides to paint a picture. Yes, its simple, but its also magical. The illustrations are original, bright and fun to look at. My three children love it!
I'd ignore the Horn Book review. A pointless story? Only for those who believe simple things are pointless. Some people still find simple things beautiful.
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