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How Many Cats? Hardcover – April 28, 2009

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PreSchool-Grade 2—A seemingly dull day quickly turns into counting mayhem when 19 feline friends follow a kitten home and proceed to tear the place apart. In fluid rhyming text, the head count builds up from "How many cats/are here to play?/Zero, zilch./None today" to "How many cats in all? Plenty!/Now they number nineteen, twenty." Thompson also introduces times table groupings (e.g., "frolicking in four rows of five"). The realistic illustrations are full of energy, with each cat doing its own thing while contributing to the chaos. The domestic setting reinforces the concept of numbers in everyday situations. Although the narrator repeatedly prompts a recount, readers will probably be doing that on their own; the numbers change so quickly—both up and down—that children will want to make sure they have a firm grasp of just how many cats are on a page at any time. The natural cadence of the text and the change-in-the-blink-of-an-eye activity make this a great book for sharing one-on-one. And it's an excellent recommendation for readers who can never have too many cats.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
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Peppy, rhyming text and lively, realistic illustrations of cats combine in this picture-book counting exercise. All is quiet in the house until one cat returns, progressively followed by more, until “twenty cats jump and jive, frolicking in four rows of five.” Mayhem and mischief ensue until, eventually, cats start departing, their numbers dwindling to “zero, null, nada, none.” Throughout, the text invites kids to count the cats, and more numerically advanced kids can use their new math skills to count sets, add, and subtract: “Four cats make a grand escape. How many cats are left? Eight.” Kids who don’t want to count will still enjoy the diverse felines’ amusing antics, from reposing in a sink to climbing curtains, “skipping, scamping,” “verving, vamping,” all within invitingly detailed household settings. Young cat fanciers and budding mathematicians will find plenty to entertain and engage them. For more verse about cats and counting, try Betsy Lewin’s Cat Count (2003) or Beatrice Schenk de Regniers’ So Many Cats (1985). Grades K-2. --Shelle Rosenfeld

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423108019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423108016
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,545,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi! I'm Lauren Thompson, children's book author. Please visit my website to find out about all my books: www.LaurenThompson.net

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Bentzel on December 19, 2010
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This is a great book for kids of all ages. My 11 month old loves it being read to him. The pictures are lifelike and full of action, easily getting a child's attention. The reading is simple, and rhyming and can easily assist in counting to 20 and back. This is consistently one of our favorites to read.
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By A. Harris on April 2, 2011
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This book is beautifully illustrated with a lot going on in each picture. Quite life like pictures. The expression on the dog at the end it so cute. The story is about cats entering then leaving a house. It counts up to twenty cats then back down to zero. The cats do not all enter individually, sometimes they enter and exit in groups which varies things nicely. This is a really lovely book.
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By JS on April 22, 2013
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For a family with a cat or loves a cat this book is fun for a child to see what kind of mischief they can get into. It is a favorite of our grandson and it is read most every day. Also introduces discussion of good behavior and not good behavior. That even cats could behave better.
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Such a cute & funny counting book. I laugh out loud every time I read this to the kids. There are SO MANY cats.
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