Pretend You're a Cat (Picture Puffins)

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9780140559934: Pretend You're a Cat (Picture Puffins)

With rhyming verse and full-color illustrations, young readers are asked to use their imagination to tranform themselves into a full cast of animals--such as a fish, bird, cow, or cat. Reprint. AB. SLJ. H.

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An invitation to action-filled role playing, this clever concept book consists of a series of 13 small poems that ask youngsters to pretend they are animals. "Are you pink / As a bud? / Can you lie / In the mud? / Can you root? / Can you dig? / Can you snort / Like a pig? / What else can you do like a pig?" Each double-page spread features an animal or child imitating the actions of the other. Pinkney ( The Talking Eggs ; The Patchwork Quilt ) pictures a boy in mime makeup with black spots who looks as bemused as the spotted cows beside him. Three children purse their lips and wiggle finny fingers like golden aquarium fish. A laughing girl stands on a flowered path in translucent wings and striped stockings, pretending to be a bee. The rhymed verses are vivid and straightforward, and Pinkney's inventive watercolor and pencil drawings are as engaging as the characters and animals he portrays. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-K-- Thirteen rhyming verses ask children if they can match the unique characteristics of various animals. The last question, "What else can you do like a (snake)?" further extends the imaginative play. Pinkney's preschoolers are clearly having great fun. His watercolors and colored pencils create the soft, imitative motions of children who display with ease how similar they are to the animals. Through body poses, facial expressions, and gaily colored clothing, the children playfully mimic the animal kingdom. Both animals and children are recognizably distinct, yet they warmly blend together. With minimal coaching, these delightful, simple rhymes will be easily learned, recited, and acted out. --Ellen Dibner, East School, Long Beach, NY
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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