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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.

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“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

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 360L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805057455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805057454
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Last library visit my daughter chose MAMA CAT HAS THREE KITTENS. One night recently she came to me and said, "Mommy, I want to read you this book." I remember thinking this would be cute because she'd never said that to me before. Opening the book and pointing to the words she READ the book to me! I couldn't believe it. I had only read it to her maybe five times. I called for Daddy to come, ran to get the camcorder and recorded her reading it again. Later, he said he had read it to her some too. Still, she WOWED me.

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.

Soar!
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Format: Hardcover
My 3-year old daughter memorized this book by the time she was two. She still loves taking it out and "reading" it to us; the repetitive nature of the book really lends itself to very young children grasping the plot, and the beautiful, distinctive pictures are unlike most I've seen in children's picture-books. They're bold, colorful, and full of simple action. My daughter even used the paperback of this book as a pillow for three weeks; she refused to go to bed without it!
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Format: Hardcover
Ohio artist Denise Fleming works with paper to create the most extraordinarily detailed illustrations, as here in "Mama Cat Has Three Kittens" and in her other books as well. According to the text on the last page, "The artist used colored cotton rag fiber poured through hand-cut stenciles to create the illustrations for this book." The process sounds somewhat crude, but the result is illustrations of great vibrancy and detail. They are so alive that they very nearly leap off the page.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
I feel that I owe author/illustrator Denise Fleming an apology. Ahem. Dear Ms. Fleming - please forgive me for confusing you, each and every time I see a picture book of yours, with fellow children's author Lois Ehlert. I know that you and Ms. Ehlert may have much in common (your audience, your colors, etc.) but that does not mean that I should assume that you write with the same doleful tone as she has utlized in her many works. In fact, your books are almost always surprisingly funny (a fact I am repeatedly shocked by again and again and again). I understand that this is entirely my own fault but I sincerely hope that as time goes on, I will outgrow this childish (ho ho!) response to your books and recognize you immediately as the truly enjoyable author that you really are. Sincerely - a most loyal if absentminded fan.

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.
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I am the doting aunt of several nieces and nephews and one of my favorite jobs is furnishing them with plenty of books to keep those little minds entertained. You help make it easier for me when making my choices and with these prices I can buy more. The books are in fine condition, I haven't been disappointed yet, Thanks.

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Denise Fleming's illustrations make her books but her topics are always enjoyable for young children. I just stumbled across this book and can't believe I have missed it for the past 2 years. It is a precious book and a great gift for beginning readers. I have shared it with children ages 2-6 who enjoy the predictability. This book even stimulated me to write a cat song, to add to my collection of over 200 songs and fingerplays appropriate for young children.
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