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About the Author

Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of more than seventy books for very young children including his most well-known title The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Born in Syracuse, New York, Eric Carle moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an international advertising agency. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 41 million copies and has been translated into sixty-two languages. With his late wife, Barbara, Eric Carle cofounded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002. Eric Carle divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.

Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of more than seventy books for very young children including his most well-known title The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Born in Syracuse, New York, Eric Carle moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an international advertising agency. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 41 million copies and has been translated into sixty-two languages. With his late wife, Barbara, Eric Carle cofounded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002. Eric Carle divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: The World of Eric Carle
  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780689872310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689817311
  • ASIN: 0689817312
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Board book
HAVE YOU SEEN MY CAT? is now a favorite at our house. It did not excite me when I received it as a shower gift. I said something polite, and thought that we would not get much use out of it. I was not wild about Eric Carle's collage-based pictures, and the very simple text seemed dull. However, I am not the audience for this book. My 10-½ month old baby tells me that HAVE YOU SEEN MY CAT? is a lot of fun! Reading it at his speed has taught me to love it too!

I am also happy to note that an older baby we know, close to two years old, also likes this book. So it is going to be a good book for a while!

The illustrations are very colorful, and overall a little more detailed than THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR, the book that taught me to love Eric Carle's work. They look like collages with details added in crayon and pencil. My baby loves these pictures. I think it is the combination of color, simple lines and detail.

The text initially seems way too simple. The question and reply "Have you seen my cat?" and "This is not my cat!" are repeated nine times in the book. At the end, of course, the boy finds his cat and says, "This is my cat!" This initially seemed insanely dull, but Carle is an artist, and there is method to his madness.

If you just focus on the words, HAVE YOU SEEN MY CAT? is monotonous. However, there is a lot of room here to talk about what we are seeing. If you follow the story told in the pictures, you see that the boy takes a trip around the world looking for his cat. The people we ask for the cat are: a businessman, an American cowboy, a Mexican man on a burro, a South American Indian man, two African women, an Arab in the desert, a man from India who looks to be a farmer, a Persian prince, and finally a man in a park with his wife and child.
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By A Customer on September 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I agree with other reviewers that this is a good read-aloud for very young children. But just because the text is so repetitive doesn't mean it is inappropriate for beginning readers. I teach kindergarten and nearly all of the words in the book are sight words, common words the students have to know on sight without sounding them out. The repetitive text also builds confidence in children who are learning to read. This is a book that your child can read to you. On top of all this, Eric Carle's illustrations are so great. I gave this book to my niece for her sixth birthday and her seven year old sister said, "Ooooh, that's a great book!" Don't stop reading this book to your child just because you think it's too easy, or because you're bored with it.
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By A Customer on February 21, 2001
Format: Board book
This book was recommended to me by a speech therapist to promote social, "turn taking" language in my toddler. Others have criticized this book as too repetitious, unfairly I think. For a toddler or pre-schooler developing language, and the social skills that go with it, it is quite appropriate. We have enjoyed the book and benefited from it as well. Highly recommended.
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For the earliest readers, this is a fun book with a lot of helpful repetition. But if you are considering this purchase because it is on the reading list at the back of the "Teach Your Child to Read" book, I would skip this one. While there are a little over 100 words, only about 10 of them are unique and they offer little, if any, challenge to a child who has a good reading foundation. I'm giving it 5 stars, though, because I think it does what it should as a "pre-level 1" book.
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Format: Hardcover
Ok, so I'm getting closer to 30 than I am to 3, but as a lifetime lover of Eric Carle books and a die-hard cat person, I loved this book. I first encountered it in an undergraduate children's lit. class during my senior year in college. From there, I took the book home to my roommates (two guys and another gal) and it became a permanent resident on the coffee table!
It was great to pick up after a long day -- even just to look at Carle's whimsical art work. But, more importantly, the memorable line "that's not MY cat," became the motto of our household. It didn't matter if the subject was a mismatched sock or an extra plate of leftovers in the fridge -- my roommates would jubilantly yell out "that's not MY cat!"
Have You Seen My Cat is a great book for the kid in all of us -- even if you don't have a special child to read to, I highly recommend this book.
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This book is adorable. Yes the words are very simple (I have pretty much memorized it). However, the illustrations show so much more of the story. We talk about all the different cats (lion, bobcat, mountain lion, leopard, panther, cheetah, tiger, long haired domestic (probably Persian), and his cat is a short haired domestic gray tiger (like ours is) with 6 kittens (which we like to count)) We also talk about the other animals in the book (horse, donkey, camel, squirrel, etc). And we do the signs for "cat" and "bird". We also sometimes talk about the people in the book. She loves looking at the pictures and talking about the "kittys".

UPDATE: I wrote this review when my daughter was almost 18 months. Now at 4 she still loves this book. She 'reads' it, knows all the different big cats, and has picked her Halloween costumes from it this year (panther) and last year (cheetah).
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