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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0805057455
ISBN-13: 9780805057454
Sku: 30375699
Publish Date: 9/1/1998
Pages:  32
Age Range:  5 to 8
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Mama Cat has three kittens, Fluffy, Skinny and Boris. (from the first line)
While Fluffy and Skinny follow Mama Cat around all day, Boris is more happy sleeping, but his siblings do not understand why Boris will not play and begin to look into the matter, in a charmingly illustrated picture book for preschoolers. *Author: Fleming, Denise *Publication Date: 1998/09/15 *Number of Pages: 32 *Binding Type: School And Library *Grade Level: Preschool *Language: English *Depth: 0.25 *Width: 9.00 *Height: 11.50
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While Fluffy and Skinny follow Mama Cat around all day, Boris is more happy sleeping, but his siblings do not understand why Boris will not play and begin to look into the matter, in a charmingly illustrated picture book for preschoolers.
Author Bio
Denise Fleming
Denise Fleming's career as an artist began when she was in the third grade and one of her paintings was reproduced on the cover of a magazine for teachers. Her career in children's publishing began in 1984 when she illustrated Alice Low's ALL THROUGH THE TOWN. The first book she both wrote and illustrated was 1991's IN THE TALL, TALL GRASS. Many of Fleming's picture book illustrations are "pulp paintings" which are created by forcing colored cotton pulp through hand-cut stencils. Her 1993 work IN THE SMALL, SMALL POND was named a Caldecott Honor Book.


Publishers Weekly
From Peter Rabbit to the Poky Little Puppy, there's one in every family one offspring who marches to the beat of a different drummer. In Fleming's (In the Tall, Tall Grass) chipper picture book, the odd kitten out is Boris, an orange tabby who prefers to nap while his mother and siblings sharpen their claws and chase leaves. But when Mama Cat and kittens Fluffy and Skinny curl up for a rest, Boris is ready to pounce (if only to find his next napping spot). Fleming's self-proclaimed love of cats (she lives with seven) permeates this somewhat slight but playful outing, as she accurately captures feline behavior and movement. The repetition of simple phrases and actions is also sure to be a hit with toddlers. In her vibrant artwork, composed with boldly colored cotton fiber pulp and stencils, Fleming creates a sense of texture and depth unique to her medium. Mama Cat's luxurious black fur is speckled and contoured with blue and flashes of fuchsia, an unusual but effective color combination, which endows Mama with both dimension and significance. On every page, the cats' eyes shine brightly in varying tones of fluorescent yellow and green. In addition to following the frolicking felines from scene to scene, young children will have great fun spotting trios of caterpillars, ladybugs, snails and bumblebees as well as a leery mouse who manages to stay out of the cats' path. Ages 2-5. (Sept.) 7/20/98

Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will enjoy following the kittens' purposeful preening, as well as the progress of a mouse that sneaks through the pages until it finds its little ones safe in the nest." 08/01/1998

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This is a close-to-perfect dance of text and illustrations, where the success of one depends upon the success of the other and the two combine to make an eminently satisfying whole." - Janice M. Del Negro December 1998

School Library Journal
PreS-K-As Mama cat leads her kittens through a garden adventure, Fluffy and Skinny carefully follow her example (cleaning paws, chasing leaves) while Boris naps. The surprise comes when Boris is ready to frolic and the others are too exhausted to play. Preschoolers will request repeat readings of this delightful story and enjoy searching for the smaller creatures found on each page. Fleming's kittens, created by pouring colored cotton pulp through hand-cut stencils, are large and bold and set against colorful backdrops. An excellent choice for reading aloud to groups.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA 11/1/98

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   01
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0032
Product attributePublisher:   Henry Holt & Company
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