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Title:
Barn cat : a counting book
Author:
Saul, Carol P.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
Because she's looking for something special, the great barn cat notices but shows no interest in the activities of the animals which can be counted around her.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 45859.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780316761130

9780738316031

9780316711401
Format :
Book

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Summary

Barn Cat pays no attention to the parade of crickets, swallows, puppies, and butterflies as they pass by from 1 to 10. What "could" she be looking for? Young readers will delight in the up-close, hand-colored woodcuts that give a cat's-eye view of the world. Full-color illustrations.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-5. A fun way for little ones to practice counting, this charming picture book has a lively, rhyming text with a refrain that begs the question, "Barn cat at the red barn door / Barn cat, what are you looking for?" The answer is the saucer of milk at the end of the story, but until children find that out, one green grasshopper, two brown crickets, three black-and-orange butterflies, and other insects and animals jump, fly, and flutter through Barn Cat's barnyard world. Number recognition is also reinforced, with numerals appearing, large and very black, in the corner of a number of the double-page spreads. Azarian's woodcut prints, which make use of a special technique she had developed, are outstanding. Each print is done on a nineteenth-century handpress, then hand colored by the artist. Insects and colors are two other popular preschool themes that emerge in the book. --Lauren Peterson


Publisher's Weekly Review

Azarian's exceedingly handsome woodcuts tether Saul's lyrical counting book to a pastoral setting, where a well-fed tabby cat serenely ignores the barnyard activity that bustles around her. One grasshopper, two crickets, three butterflies and so on, up to 10 sparrows, parade past the disinterested puss, to the recurring refrain of "Barn cat at the red barn door,/ Barn cat, what are you looking for?" At last, the goal of her patient vigil is revealed: the cat's mistress appears, to pour her a saucer of milk. Saul's (Someplace Else) rhyming text is simplicity itself ("Four gray swallows in the air?/ Barn cat looks but doesn't care./ On curving wings they dive and chase./ They wheel and swoop. Away they race!"), and her measured cadences are attuned to a read-aloud audience. An expressive blend of graceful lines and precise hand-coloring enhances Azarian's (A Symphony for the Sheep) sturdy woodcuts, which lend a timeless quality to the pages of this most agreeable picture book. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Above the first page of text, a large mottled-coated cat stands waiting-but for what? Each double-page spread suggests a possibility: is it one green grasshopper, two brown crickets, or three black-and-orange butterflies? In each case, these creatures "jump out of sight," "leap away in one great hop," or "wave their wings and fly away" while the cat languidly watches. Then, after 10 sparrows make their appearance with little interest from the feline, a young girl appears with a pitcher of milk; and Barn Cat finally has what she's been waiting for all along. The carefully planted suspense will not be lost on young listeners, and Saul's inclusion of color and behavior in the rhymes adds further dimension that adults can use to good advantage. Azarian enhances all this with large, exacting, hand-colored woodcuts that invite careful inspection. Barn Cat's changing expressions are particularly noteworthy. Many counting books are available, but the potential here makes this collaboration one that should not be overlooked.-Barbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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