Buy Used
$0.01
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Only the Cat Saw Paperback – September 1, 1996

22 customer reviews

See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$43.95 $0.01

There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider
There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider
From the creators of the bestselling There Was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog comes a spooky rendition of the popular “Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” song. See more | See more in this series

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Pictures show the natural wonders that go unnoticed by a busy young family--except by their observant cat. Ages 5-8.

Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

ASHLEY WOLFF has written and illustrated many books for children, including the popular Miss Bindergarten books. She lives in San Francisco, California, with her family.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802774881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802774880
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,131,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am a children's book author and illustrator in San Francisco, CA. I have lived in the same neighborhood and house for almost 18 years and am lucky enough to work right upstairs in an extra bedroom. I am married to a newspaper reporter and the mother of two teenage boys and a border collie named Lucy. I have created over 40 books, all done in Northern CA, but set all over the world, including in my home state of Vermont, where I had a wonderful country childhood. I still love to be outdoors, whether gardening, watching birds or hiking and skiing.

Customer Reviews

5 star
86%
4 star
14%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 22 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
My 2 year old loves this book. I like that it is different from the cookie-cutter children's stories out there. There are no nonsense words or oversimplification. The story is about an evening/night on a farm, and what the various people are doing at different times through the night. I especially enjoyed the episode of the mother nursing her baby during the night. As a nursing mother, I am always looking for books that depict real family events in an attachment parenting perspective. The illustrations are excellent; story provides a paragraph on what the family is doing, then an illustrated page of what the cat sees during the same time. My daughter likes to point things on the page that the cat saw, and this is such a natural, nice way to involve a child in the story. Kudos to the author.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Marcy on February 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
I recently purchased this book for my toddler, and my only disappointment is that I waited until she was 20 months old to do so! The book is beautifully illustrated with a wonderful storyline and theme. Children will love the gorgeous depictions of the various things that only the cat sees in the middle of the night (a mommy nursing, fireflies, an owl), and parents will love the simplicity and beauty of the book.
An added plus is a wonderful illustration of a mother nursing her child in the middle of the night.
Hushabye, Baby Blue ..another book with a wonderful storyline and beautiful illustrations, including one of a mother nursing her baby. If you are a nursing mom, both Hushabye, Baby Blue (a board book that will withstand lots of abuse) and Only The Cat Saw (a paperback) are *essential* additions to your child's library. Regardless of whether your child is nursing, these books are perfect for your baby and toddler.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By malinda hoskins on December 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
This sweet, simple story has incredibly beautiful illustrations. It includes a picture of a mom nursing her baby. Its just a natural part of life --just as all the other things that only the cat saw. I bought it for my daughter and liked it so much that I bought 3 more for gifts.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Hallberg on May 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
The illustrations make this book as the text is very simple and quite repetitive- the humans are busy with the family, but the cat pays attention. The cat watches a rain storm, a hunting owl, the roosters, the nighttime= all the wonderful things that cats notice. Finally, in the morning the cat falls asleep and the little girl starts noticing things the other family members miss.

There is an older girl- maybe 6, and a baby boy so this would be a great story for someone who has a new baby sibling. My favorite human scene is when the mom gets up during the night to feed the baby brother and has a look of peace and contentment- every mother's favorite part of baby nights. I would have given the book 5 stars if the baby got to snuggle in bed with his mom- it would have seemed just a bit more real. I still recommend the book highly.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
While the family goes about their normal nighttime business (dinner, getting ready for bed, sleeping, pre-dawn breastfeeding, and so on), the nocturnal family cat sees the little miracles that the others miss (the sunset, fireflies and a meteor, to name three). My one year old daughter LOVES this book; she glows with anticipation with every page that ends with that cliffhanger, "... so only the cat saw..." The artistry is beautiful, and the ending is absolutely wonderful. (As is the little epilogue image of the cat, happy and asleep after his long and eventful night.)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book -- beautiful, often dramatic illustrations and a simple story that conveys a sense of wonder in a direct, fun, warm way. Our three-year-old boy has loved this book since we got it when he was about one, and I always enjoy reading it too. One of our favorites -- deserves to be a classic. Truly inspired in every way.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Colleen L. Newman on July 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful book that deserves to be named a classic. As a breastfeeding advocate I love that there is a picture of a breastfeeding Mama and baby in the book. From that same standpoint I am a bit frustrated that this is considered a book aimed specifically at promoting breastfeeding. As to not mislead a potential buyer, there is only ONE nursing picture in the book. The book is not about breastfeeding at all. It is about a sweet little cat that sees lots of amazing things as he travels through the night. With that said, each time a baby is shown breastfeeding instead of bottle feeding, the world comes that much closer to understanding that feeding a baby = nursing a baby. So for that I am eternally grateful to the author. On the whole this book is wonderful and is a favorite of mine and my children.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Steinig on October 10, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Besides the aspects other reviewers have praised (pleasingly simple storyline, beautiful illustrations, positive image of nursing), this is also a great new sibling book. The book does not explicitly address the baby's arrival or any sibling rivalry issues, yet it portrays a family successfully juggling two children. The parents take turns with various child care tasks, and everybody's needs are met -- what a warm image of how a new baby can be worked into a family's routines. My daughter (almost 3) enjoyed this book from the library several months ago, and now that she is a sister-to-be, we're buying our own copy. I want to prepare her for the baby's arrival, but I'm wary of overdoing it with new baby books; this subtle sibling book is a welcome addition to our collection.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?