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Do you have a cat?
Spinelli, Eileen.
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Publication Information:
Grand Rapids MI : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, [2010]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Simple, rhyming text introduces historical figures through the cats each owned. Includes facts about each person.
Reading Level:
AD 570 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 138546.
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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Feisty cats. Quiet cats. Curious cats, and striped cats. Cats of all shapes and sizes cavort across the pages of this bright and entertaining book, bringing to life such varied well historical figures as Henry Matisse, Cleopatra, Charles Lindberg, and Queen Victoria. Young readers will be delighted by the colorful, energetic paintings of Geraldo Valerio and the whimsical, rhyming text from best-selling author Eileen Spinelli, supplemented by historical notes at the end of the book. Do You Have a Cat offers an amusing introduction to figures both renowned and less well known--and their famous felines!

Author Notes

Eileen Spinelli was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 16, 1942. After high school, she worked as a waitress at a local diner, a secretary, and answered phones at an airplane factory. She eventually became the author of children's books. Her picture books include Thanksgiving at the Tappletons, Do You have a Hat, While You are Away, When Mama Comes Home Tonight, Wanda's Monster, Here Comes the Year, A Big Boy Now, and Hug a Bug. She is also the author of several short novels including Lizzie Logan Wears Purple Sunglasses, Lizzie Logan Gets Married, and Lizzie Logan, Second Banana. She received the Christopher Award for Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

A sequel to Spinelli and Valério's first introduction to famous people, Do You Have a Hat? (2004), this effervescent picture book introduces famous people from history in a very approachable way: though their cats. Whether it's Scarlatti's curious cat walking across the harpsichord keys, Cleopatra's sacred feline chasing mice, or the furry friend draped around Calvin Coolidge's neck, every one appears in a vibrant acrylic painting accompanied by a rhyming verse ending in the question, Do YOU have a cat? This cheerful picture book offers a welcome change of pace for storytimes.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In a style and format very much like their Do You Have a Hat? (S & S, 2004), Spinelli and Valerio bring famous figures and their beloved felines to life through rhyming text and colorful acrylic paintings. Endpapers provide a brief biography of the subjects, while the spare rhyming words of the interior pages are cleverly woven together to provide an abundance of information about a few famous people and their pets. Delightful, whimsical paintings contribute to this joyous portrait of pet ownership. The historical figures are as diverse as their feline companions, from Domenico Scarlatti to Florence Nightingale to Cleopatra, with cats who are depicted as musicians, healers, and muses. Animal lovers are sure to enjoy this charming story.-Lindsay Persohn, Crystal Lake Elementary, Lakeland, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.