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Monday, September 14, 2009

My Son's New Favorite Book

Lately my son has been saying "cat, cat!" and then running to the bookshelf, pulling out a certain book and plopping it in my lap. He does this multiple times a day. The book that has caused a sensation at our place is called Big Cat, Small Cat and it explores the fantastical world of cats. I'm a cat lover myself, so I was excited to get this book but I had no idea that my two year old would love it this much. I'm thrilled!

Big Cat, Small Cat features unique, charming illustrations by Ami Rubinger where we see just about every kind of cat from nice and mean to dirty and clean. The sing-song text is fun and my son especially loves the rhymes. The rhyming word at the end of each page is intentionally left out, encouraging your child to participate and fill in the blank. I thought this concept was clever, but I didn't expect my son to understand it right away and figured I'd have to wait a while before he would start chiming in with the missing word. Well, after only a few days of reading the book together, he started chiming in all by himself! He can pretty much complete all the sentences with the last word and he loves doing it. This is the first time he's interacted with a book this way, and I really feel he learns something every time we read it together. The underlying message of accepting those of all shapes, sizes and personalities is also wonderful. It's engaging and I know that we will be reading this one for a long, long time!

WANT TO WIN? One winner will receive a copy of Big Cat, Small Cat. To enter, leave a topic related comment prior to Monday, September 21st at Midnight. Please leave your email address with your comment. Winner must provide a US mailing address.

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47 comments :

  1. This is suck a cute book! I wish I could hear the Bean saying "Cat, Cat"

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  2. I can imagine my little ones having a great time reading this! Thanks for the chance to win! :-)

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  3. what a fun book mverno@roadrunner.com

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  4. I have a four-year-old, a three-year-old, and a nineteen-month-old, all of whom would get a big kick out of this book.
    Alicia Webster
    5webs@comcast.net

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  5. We love cats and love to read. This would be great for our young family.

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  6. Brooke loves a good book...actually she loves books. It would add to our book collection.

    amyjhs@yahoo.com

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  7. I have to enter for this book
    Cat was my grandchild first word he is very quiet.






    pcollins@cajunnet.com

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  8. my daughter loves any book about cats

    lostgrrl00@yahoo.com

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  9. sounds like a great book

    khunsl00@pnc.edu

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  10. This looks like a cute book. I love children's books that rhyme.

    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOt)com

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  11. Sounds like a cute book. We are cat owners which makes it even more appealing.

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  12. I would love to have this book to read to my grandson.
    lgrieser(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  13. I would love to read this with my boys - we are a 4 cat household so it is a subject they know and love

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  14. I have 5 cats and my grandaughter would love this book because also loves cats thanks.

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  15. Oh, my nephew would love this. Thanks!

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  16. My little boy would love this book. He really loves animal books & especially loves to point at cats in books & say "meow":)

    mscoffee77(AT)juno(DOT)com

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  17. This does look cute. I like the twitchy purple cat.

    forsythia423@gmail.com

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  18. I work at a cat sanctuary, and we'd love to have this in our library! :-)

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  19. My little grandson loves cats and this book is adorable.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  20. I love cats & would love to instill that in my great niece & nephew.

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

    bloggyig at gmail dot com

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  21. My son loves animals so this would be perfect for him. Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  22. That's so cute how your little one is interacting with this book. Its funny one of the bedtime counting stories we have features a cat on all the pages. And there is one page where there 7 shoes in a short straight row and later the cat is beside a rocking chair with the two characters (the human ones) of the book - chewing on the missing shoe!

    I said Robbie! Where do you think he got that shoe...so he went back a few pages and took the book and just stared at this page for the longest time it was very funny. That was his favourite book for awhile. I always asked - where's the kitty - as the cat showed up somewhere on all the pages.

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  23. This looks like an adorable book!
    and so good for early readers.



    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

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  24. This would be great,my son meow's when he sees cats,he would love it

    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. My 4 year old would LOVE this book! macd82 at gmail dot com

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  26. I am trying to start a book collection for my 4 year old and only have 2 books so far. I am in desperate need of books, and my daughter is a hard core cat lover!

    dizzybloom@gmail . com

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  27. I love books that get my kids interested or "reading" along... And if the book has animals in it OOOOO my kids are all over it..

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  28. My 3 year old daughter loves books about animals, especially cats. She would love this. Thanks!

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  29. This book sounds really great. I like that it promotes creativity. I have nieces and nephews that would love to read it.

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  30. My older granddaughter has started first grade and is reading quite well. She loves to read to her little sister, and since they both adore cats (they have 2 of their own,) they would truly enjoy this adorable book!
    cats4me at frontiernet dot net

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  31. We are cat lovers, and this would be a great addition to our family library.

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  32. I love the art work on the cover please enter me con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. My kids are dying for a pet. They would LOVE this book. Thanks.


    fooks213@yahoo.com

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  34. My goddaughter's first word is kitty! I know she would love this book! thanks!

    sherri419 at gmail dot com

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  35. My niece, Hannah, has a feline fascination!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  36. We have the world's BIGGEST tomcat named Romeo. My kids would love to get this book! Thanks so much!
    pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

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  37. sounds like an awesome book, we all need to learn to appreciate the different sized of cats and people, etc...

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  38. We love cats. The kids would really enjoy this. Thanks

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  39. nice book for grandaughter who loves cats

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  40. I have a nephew who would love this book. He loves kee kees!

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  41. Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!
    (My email address is in my Blogger profile)

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  42. I have a new kitten and now I am obsessed with cats. The book looks cute.
    ncschools at yahoo dot com

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  43. looks like a great book:)
    we heart cats:)

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