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Mama Cat Has Three Kittens Hardcover – September 15, 1998
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About the Author
Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many children's books, including In the Tall, Tall Grass, Shout! Shout It Out!, and Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. Denise published her first painting in the third grade, when she started taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and one of her paintings was chosen to be the cover of a teacher's magazine. She now works primarily with paper, by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.
“Preschoolers will request repeat readings of this delightful story. An excellent choice for reading aloud to groups.” ―School Library Journal, starred review
“Fleming's text is right on humorous target. This is a close-to-perfect dance of text and illustrations.” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
Top Customer Reviews
This a fantastic book by Mrs. Fleming and it appears that all of hers are, judging by the feedback here at Amazon. Her illustration style is unique--"she pours colored cotton pulp through hand-cut stencils which become the images set in handmade paper." The effect is very bright, vivid and dramatic. The active story follows a busy, frolicking day in the sun of Mama Cat and her three kittens--Fluffy, Skinny, and Boris the napper. It's a FUN story and even includes little surprises to find on EACH page. (There are three identical objects as well as a hidden mama mouse.)
Besides all these features, the BEST PART in my opinion, is the frequent use of the same words which helps build listening skills, perhaps some memorization skills and plenty of Confidence for a beginning reader to BEGIN READING! I am going to look into some more of her books next library visit for sure.
Mama Cat's children are named Fluffy, Skinny, and Boris. Looks like Boris is always missing out on the fun, as his favorite activity in life is napping. By the end of the book, however, he surprises everyone with his active nature--and then reverts to his usual self so we know that deep down he hasn't changed. It's a fun and reassuring look at how everyone has hidden depths. Great fun to read to little kids, and great fun to have a new reader read to YOU, the parent, as it's short and sweet.
That said, let me tell you a little something about Ms. Fleming's remarkable "Mama Cat Has Three Kittens". As you probably could tell from the preceding paragraph, I always read a Fleming book with much sighing and moaning. Then, after finishing it, it's all I can do to prevent myself from purchasing a copy for every friend I know who MIGHT one day have children. This book is no exception. Initially simple, the book is about a large black and white cat and her three adorable kittens, Fluffy, Skinny, and ... Boris. Boris is, first of all, a great name for a cat. Especially an orange terminally sleepy cat. As we read, Mama Cat will do something, like sharpen her claws or wash her paws, and Fluffy and Skinny will do the same. Boris? He naps. The day continues like this (punctuated with the phrase, "Boris naps") until at last Mama Cat and two of her kittens are ready for a little shut-eye themselves.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You cannot help but fall in love with Boris, the kitten who cannot and does not follow along (sheep-like) with his siblings! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Elizabeth Lavine author of Snuffy and Vroom-Vroom
such a great story for child to recognize the roll of Mamas. Illustration is colorful and interesting to the children.Published on July 27, 2013 by Misu Girl
My kids brought this book home form the school library all the time which is why I decided to purchase it. It arrived in excellent condition and on time.Published on May 20, 2013 by Hellokitty79
Very colorful pictures, and easy for young kids to understand and appricate.
Great gift for neighboors kids or your own grandchild. Read more
Nice book with easy to read font and great pictures. The story keeps them reading and the book is just the right size for bedtime.Published on May 24, 2011 by Mom
We borrowed this from the library and my 3-year-old loved it from the first page. Lush, colorful illustrations show Mama Cat and the kittens Fluffy and Skinny doing all sorts of... Read morePublished on November 20, 2009 by Amazon Customer