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PreSchool-K—A charming if improbable tale of a stray cat who finds a home in a kindergarten class. Lewis's four lines of verse on each page form an engaging rhyme: "So he brought her inside,/All shivery scared/As if nobody wanted her/And nobody cared." The cat, named Tinker Toy, fits right in and begins to participate in the classroom activities, even answering the teacher: "'Foot fits in a shoe,/Hat sits on a head./What else goes together?'/'ME-YOU,' Tinker said." Collage, acrylic, pencil, and colored-pen illustrations feature an adorable orange tabby and excited children in a cozy, toy-strewn classroom. An additional purchase.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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About the Author

J. Patrick Lewis is the author of more than fifty celebrated picture books, including Please Bury Me in the Library, which was chosen as one of the New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing; Doodle Dandies; and First Dog. Learn more about him at

Ailie Busby is the illustrator of more than twenty books, including Drat the Fat Cat by Pat Thomson and Lulu's Shoes by Camilla Reid.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375844759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375844751
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,080,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After nearly three decades as a professor of economics, J. Patrick Lewis turned to poetry. He is the author of more than 75 children's books including A Hippopotamusn't (1990), BoshBlobberBosh (1998), Please Bury Me in the Library (2004), First Dog (2009), Spot the Plot (2009), and The House (2009).

He has recently been named the third U.S. Children's Poet Laureate (2011-2013) by the Poetry Foundation.

His books have been published by Creative Editions, Knopf, Atheneum, Dial, Harcourt, Little, Brown, National Geographic, Chronicle Books, Scholastic, Candlewick, Schwartz & Wade, Holiday House, Sleeping Bear Press, Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press, Dawn Publications, and others. Gulls Hold Up the Sky, his first book of adult poems, was published by Laughing Fire Press (2010).

Pat's children's poems have also appeared in CRICKET (26 times), SPIDER, LADYBUG, CICADA, ODYSSEY, RANGER RICK, HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN, Ms. Magazine, YOUR BIG BACKYARD, CREATIVE CLASSROOM, STORYTIME, STORYWORKS, CHICKADEE, AHOY, LANGUAGE ARTS, JOURNAL OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, BOOKBIRD, READING TODAY and over 100 anthologies. He wrote the 1992 National Children's Book Week poem, printed on one million bookmarks and distributed nationally.

Lewis has received numerous awards from the American Library Association, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and others. He was the recipient of the 2010-11 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Excellence in Children's Poetry Award, presented every two years.

WHERE I'LL BE NEXT--Schools, Bookstores, Conferences

October 14-16, 2011 Poetry Foundation--TED Lecture Chicago, Illiniois
October 23-25, 2011 NY State Reading Assn. Rye Brook, New York
October 28-31, 2011 Keystone State Reading Assn. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
November 5, 2011 Buckeye Book Fair Wooster, Ohio
November 8, 2011 Ashland University Ashland, Ohio
November 15-16, 2011 St. Joseph's College Rensselaer, Indiana
November 17-20, 2011 NCTE Convention Chicago, Illinois
December 1, 2010 Hillview Elementary Newark, Ohio
December 8, 2011 West Chester University (Dan Darigan) West Chester, PA
January 18, 2012 Richard Avenue Elementary Grove City, Ohio
January 24, 2012 Fouse Elementary Westerville, Ohio
March 1-3, 2012 Charlotte Huck Ch. Lit. Conference Redlands, California
April 3-5, 2012 Holland Hall Primary Tulsa, Oklahoma
April 12, 2012 Washington-Centerville Public Library Centerville, Ohio
April 13, 2012 Stingley Elementary Centerville, Ohio
April 17-25, 2012 Anglo-American School Moscow, Russia
April 29-May 2, 2012 IRA Convention Chicago, Illinois
May 10, 2012 Wynford Elementary Bucyrus, Ohio
March 22, 2013 OCTELA Conference Columbus, Ohio

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By Alison's VINE VOICE on December 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am so happy to have the opportunity to share with you another lovely book for you to share with your Kindergartner!

In Kindergarten Cat, Mr. Bigbuttons finds a stray cat and brings him to the one place he knows the cat will receive a lot of love - the Kindergarten classroom. The kids name their new class pet Tinker Toy. Most cats would be content to sleep their way through circle time, the alphabet and the weather chart - not Tinker Toy! He is truly a part of the class, and even calls out his "Meow" when he knows the answers.

I have been reading a lot of Kindergarten-themed books to my son this summer, getting him ready for his big year. This was wonderfully written and funny, while the illustrations were colorful and interesting, without becoming too busy. The only downside of this book is now my son thinks that he too will have a class cat named Tinker Toy!
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Kindergarten Cat will appeal to young children because it is set in a kindergarten classroom where an abandoned stray kitten makes its home. The little kitten quickly becomes a classroom favorite, and is adored by all the children (although my kindergartner who happens to be allergic to cats lamented that she would not be able to play with it!).
Written in rhyming verse by poet J. Patrick Lewis, it makes a wonderful read aloud. Here's an example:
"She's furry, she's floppy,
Like a raggedy doll,
And her paws are all fluffy,
Like cotton balls."
The vibrant illustrations by Ailie Busby will capture the imaginations of young children. Recommended for classroom and school libraries.
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By DL Abrams on December 3, 2013
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Cute story about a cat living in a kindergarten classroom. The students loved it! A great follow up to the Marilyn Burns problem solving lesson , "How Many Cats?" .
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By L.Davis on January 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
KINDERGARTEN CAT is a story about a little cat that is found outside by the jungle gym near an elementary school. She is brought inside and put on a little pillow in a kindergarten class room. The next day when the children came to school they saw her cuddled in a ball on the pillow. The children named her Tinker Toy. Each child wants Tinker Toy to sit next to then on their little square on the carpet. Tinker Toy has different plans. She curls up next to a little girl who is sitting by the teacher. All the students have theories that the cat can't read,count, and learn the alphabet. The teacher says she thinks any one can learn even Tinker Toy. Tinker Toy meows and it sounds like she is talking to every one. Every one in the class finds out that Tinker Toy is very smart, and the teacher tells the class that Tinker Toy will be their kindergarten cat.
This is a book for children just starting out in school. The illustrations by Ailie Busby are very colorful and help tell the story.
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