Cat Up A Tree
John & Ann Hassett
Walter Lorraine Books, an imprint of Houghton-Mifflin, Co, 1998
This is a picture book with really only one main character: Nana Quimby – a sweet old lady who looks out her window and sees a cat on the top of a tree and naturally she does what old-timer humans used to do and call the Fire Department to rescue the cat. Well, in case you didn’t know it, Fire Departments don’t rescue cats in trees any more. (Too bad!) She goes back to her window and sees 5 cats in a tree, so she calls the Police Department. But, alas, they say “No” too. Each time she looks out her window the cats increase by 5 and she calls various departments and places across the city and is told “No” by each one. By the time she gets to 40 cats in a tree she is very frustrated and does something that actually helps the situation!
A very funny and surprising book. Young readers and early readers will love it. And the cats! All kinds and colors of cuteness! Nana Quimby is cute herself!
Rating: 3 paws out of 5. We read this book as a part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2015. On the Challenge sheet it goes under “Downloadable” as we downloaded it to the computer!
A Paula Wiseman book, an imprint of Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, 2015
This picture book tells the story of a dog (maybe a yellow lab?) who searches for a red ball that has been thrown into the ocean. While swimming out to the ball she (he?) meets all different sea creatures that live in the sea. When she finally gets the ball, she rides the waves home and asks her human girl to throw it again.
Written and illustrated for the earliest readers, babies even, with a single action word on each page spread and plain yet enchanting pictures. Beautiful book.
Rating: 4 out of 5 paws because if we had a kitten (or puppy or human baby) in our lives, we would purchase it for them! We read this book as a part of the Summer Reading Challenge!