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The Cats kids
Chorao, Kay.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [1998]

Physical Description:
46 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Jake Cats saves his runaway little brother, goes fishing for the family, and helps his big sister prepare for the school play.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Three heartwarming stories capture young siblings' everyday life.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. In her inimitable and intricate visual style, Chorao depicts the home life of three kitten siblings, who quarrel and complain like brothers and sisters everywhere. She presents three simple tales containing enough real-life drama to capture any child's attention. In the opening story, Jake and Sam Cats bundle up for the snow while big sister, Martha, lounges in front of the TV. Little Sam is so delighted his big brother enjoyed his company that he decides to buy his brother the book Jake has been wanting. When Martha informs Sam that Jake now has the money to buy the book himself, having earned it by taking Sam sledding, Sam is devastated. He runs away, gets lost in the snow, and has to be rescued by Jake. The stories center on Jake, with Martha, the primary female character, coming across as passive and even fearful. But that drawback aside, the tales colorfully convey the strength and the ambivalence of family relationships. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

Publisher's Weekly Review

A family of frisky felines make the scene in this picture book containing a trio of sweet-natured stories. Like siblings everywhere, Martha, Jake and Sam bicker and tease one another, but in Chorao's (Little Farm by the Sea) hands, the kittens discover plenty to like about each other as well. In "Red Hat," Jake takes his little brother Sam sledding and once the younger kitten stops "acting like a baby," the two have a great time. But when older sister Martha insists that Jake was baby-sitting Sam and not just playing with him, Sam runs away. In "Orange Dress," budding thespian Martha longs for the lead role in the school play. Jake coaches her so well with her lines that the teacher chooses him for the part instead. And a case of mistaken identity sets Jake's imagination running in "Black Witch Hat." The kittens' underlying love for each other and the influence of their kind and supportive parents ensure a happy ending to each outing. Chorao's winsome watercolors capture brightly clad kittens with a range of emotions. The realistic tone of the siblings' exchanges contributes to an authentic family dynamic that will strike a note of recognition among readers. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Children with brothers and sisters will identify with these three short stories about the Cats kids, who behave exactly like human siblings. In winter, Sam, the youngest, gets his feelings hurt, runs away, and is rescued by his older brother Jack. In summer, Jack ignores his chores to go fishing and learns a lesson. In fall, Martha, the eldest, tries out for a play and loses the part to Jack. Through it all, they argue, they tease, they tattle, they pout, but they love and care for one another. The conversations among the kittens and the problems they face echo real day-to-day life in a family. The colorful illustrations will charm young readers, and the felines' expressions are especially delightful. Youngsters will fall in love with these characters. A good choice for a read-aloud and as a follow-up to a discussion on how to treat others.-Marty Abbott Goodman, L.J. Bell Elementary School, Rockingham, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.