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Pretend you're a cat /

Rhyming verses ask the reader to purr like a cat, scratch like a dog, leap like a squirrel, and bark like a seal. Full description

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Other Authors: Pinkney, Jerry,
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1990
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Rhyming verses ask the reader to purr like a cat, scratch like a dog, leap like a squirrel, and bark like a seal.

Review by Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. Challenging preschoolers to imitate pigs, cows, birds, and other animals, this upbeat picture book will appeal to their imagination and sense of fun. For each animal, there's a double-page spread with a large illustration and a smaller inset within a border. Sometimes the animals appear in the larger picture, with the children imitating the animal illustration in the smaller; sometimes this scheme is reversed, but the visual interplay between the two illustrations in composition and detail makes an interesting study in itself. For each animal, the rhymed text asks questions, such as, "Can you chew? / Can you munch? / Can you moo / During lunch? / Can you drink / from a pail? / Touch your ear / With your tail? / What else can you do like a cow?" Simple in concept and inviting in design, this book will be a popular choice for story hours. --Carolyn Phelan

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Jean Marzollo was born Jean Martin in Manchester, Connecticut on June 25, 1942. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1964, and received a master's degree in teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1965. After graduating, she taught high school English for several years and then became involved in educational publishing. She was the editor of Scholastic's kindergarten magazine Let's Find Out for twenty years.

Her first book for parents, Learning Through Play, was published in 1972 and her first children's book, Close Your Eyes, was published in 1978. She wrote over 150 books for children and has illustrated some of her own children's books starting in 2003. Her works include the I Spy series; Soccer Sam; Mama Mama/Papa Papa; Close Your Eyes; Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King; and the Shanna Show books. She died in her sleep of natural causes on April 10, 2018 at the age of 75.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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