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LET'S SAY HI TO FRIENDS WHO FLY! (Cat the Cat Series)

Author: Mo Willems

Illustrator: Mo Willems

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Publisher: Balzer and Bray, an Imprint of HarperColling Publishers, ½2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: Follow along as Cat the Cat asks her friends if they can fly. She stops to talk with Bird the Bird, Bat the Bat, and Bee the Bee. But its Rhino the Rhino who surprises them all! This is an easy reader for beginning readers.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, easy reader

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Reading Level: 0.6

Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter is well past these books, but when she saw "Mo Willems" on the cover, she grabbed them to read ... and read them over and over again. She came running into the kitchen to show us what Rhino the Rhino was up to and the playground toy he was riding.

Adult Reader Reaction: These are delightful books. I wish we had had them when our daughter was much younger. Kids who have read other Willems' books will love that he has some of their favorite characters "hidden" in these stories.

Pros: Clever illustrations, a cute story, and plenty of sight words combine for this book that is perfect for sharing with toddlers and encouraging preschoolers to read on their own.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy, especially if you have a toddler. This is a book that will get read A LOT and will also grow with your child into Kindergarten. These books would make a wonderful gift for a young child.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ARE YOU READY TO PLAY OUTSIDE (An Elephant and Piggie Book)   MR. BROWN CAN MOO! CAN YOU? DR. SUESS' BOOK OF WONDERFUL NOISES   OLD MR. MACKLE HACKLE

Educational Themes: This is a book that is designed to encourage kids who are just learning to read. It can be used with toddlers for animal identification, too.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader series, animal characters

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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