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Title:
The cat's midsummer jamboree
Author:
Kherdian, David.
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Publication Information:
New York : Philomel Books, 1990.
Summary:
A roaming mandolin-playing cat encounters a number of other musical animals on his travels, and the result is a jamboree in a tree.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.7 2 Quiz: 01962.
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ISBN:
9780399222221
Format :
Book

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A roaming mandolin-playing cat encounters a number of other musical animals on his travels, and the result is a jamboree in a tree.


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Booklist Review

Ages 4-6. A singing, mandolin-strumming cat serendipitously acquires an entourage of fellow animal musicians, whose combined talents supply a rousing jamboree that draws revelers from far and near to a grand finale on midsummer's eve. Hogrogian's pictures follow the cat each step of the way along his musical path. His companion musicians are an appealing lot, their assorted faces full of the enjoyment of performing. As a story, this is thin, but there's no denying the simple pleasure of its celebratory mood; Hogrogian fans will relish her play of woodland colors and the unaffected anthropomorphism that cements the animals' charm. Light but nonetheless engaging. --Denise Wilms


Publisher's Weekly Review

This mandolin-strumming, singing cat has an extraordinary ear for music and a boundless enthusiasm that soon extends to encompass a toad with a harmonica, then a fox with a flute. The felicitous feline proves adept at encouraging each musician to give up a solo career, as the trio soon becomes a country band, with members joining in a lyrical chain reaction. First they form a parade, then climb into tree branches to create their own colorful symphony. The music takes over ``until the world of that place was filled with the happiness that all began with a cat who loved to sing.'' Soft-as-velvet illustrations from two-time Caldecott Medalist Hogrogian seem to spring out of the clean white pages. A diverse collection of wildflowers provides a gentle backdrop for the forest folk. Kherdian's rhapsodic story will make readers and listeners want to reach for an instrument and burst into song. Ages 4 - 8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2 --In this simple, low-key story, a singing, mandolin-playing cat comes upon a variety of other animal musicians and persuades each in turn to join in and travel along. A toad with a harmonica, a flute-playing fox, a drummer badger, and others add to the assembly until they at last become ``a jamboree in a tree,'' attracting listeners and revelers from all around. Kherdian's stylized telling has the quality of a folktale as the players progress from a duet to a trio, to a quartet, and so on, introducing a new animal and instrument each time. The text is slightly more formal than Hogrogian's familiar soft, whimsical colored-pencil and wash drawings, set unfettered against white backgrounds or enclosed in a lush forest backdrop. A pleasant enough stroll, although rather tame stuff for midsummer madness. --Corinne Camarata, Port Washington Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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