Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss

"The Cat in the Hat" and "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back" were two of the books I'd lined up in our home library.

Recently, my toddler asked me to read "The Cat in the Hat", which starts off with a boy and his sister, Sally stuck at home alone on a rainy day with nothing to do.

As the children sit staring out of the window, a Cat with a hat walks in and promises the kids "lots of good fun that is funny" and "good games we could play".

The kids' pet fish senses trouble and tries to advise the children to chase the Cat away.
However, the cunning Cat stays on and starts his tricks:
  • balancing on a ball;
  • balancing an umbrella, the pet fish, a book, a cup and saucer, a cake and MORE and MORE things!
Of course, they soon come tumbling down creating a big mess...But the Cat introduces Thing 1 and Thing 2 who "help" to clean up...

The kids *loved* watching the Cat balance the various items and got excited at the HUGE mess and of course, the two Things who cause even more havoc around the house. Kids learn:
  • the words of various objects found around the house,
  • the short [e] sound
On top of that, they also learn the importance of tidying up and putting their playthings back to where they belong. The best is that Dr. Seuss has managed to turn this simple children's adventure into such an educational and fun story to read!

THE CAT IN THE HAT COMES BACK In this sequel, the boy and his sister, Sally are asked by their Mother to help shovel snow off the driveway when the Cat shows up and tells them to continue with what they are doing.
HE's going into the house to "find something to do" O_O The Cat ends up eating a cake in the bath tub with the water running!

The boy chases the Cat out of the tub, only to find a PINK ring all around it. What's worse, the Cat takes the Mother's dress to clean the ring...

The rest of the story deals with how the Cat and and his troop of 26 "Little Cats" (named letters A - Z) tried to get rid of the PINK stain which spreads itself all over the house and the compound.

Review: Another exciting adventure with the Cat minus the Fish. Here, kids recite the 26 letters of the English alphabet forwards and backwards.

Children who have difficulty remembering all the letters of the alphabet will easily learn it through "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back" because the alphabet is repeated several times as part of the story.

Another fun book for kids to read as they learn the alphabet, the short [e] sound and being responsible on their own when Mother's away!

If you have cheeky, wriggly toddlers and preschoolers, "The Cat in the Hat" and "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back" are definitely two books you should get.

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