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Have You Seen My Cat [Hardcover]

Eric Carle
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Dec 12 2012
A young boy encounters all sorts of cats while searching for the one he lost.

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Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of more than seventy books for children, many of them bestsellers. Born in Syracuse, New York, he moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the Academy of Graphic Arts in Stuttgart before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an international advertising agency. His first two books, 1,2,3 to the Zoo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, gained him immediate international recognition. The latter title, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into forty-eight languages. Eric Carle and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between the mountains of North Carolina and the Florida Keys. --This text refers to the Board book edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for beginning readers June 18 2001
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Format:Board book
It is certainly no mistake (as another reviewer stated) to include this book in the 4 to 8 age category. This is a marvelous example of an early primer. (Does anyone remember the Dick and Jane books from 1st grade?) I bought this book for my great grand daughter just after her 3rd birthday. We read it together many times and then it sat on the shelf. A few months later she picked up the book and read it to her mother. This book is wonderful for helping young children get ready to read. It is composed of sight words, repeated many times. It is human nature for an adult to think young children are only repeating from memory, simple text books like this one. That is not true. Their small brains are processing all the little words that we must memorize in order to read. From being able to read "Where is My Cat", my great grand daughter has developed a voracious appetite for books and at age 4 is reading step 2 readers. As a matter of fact, she reads as well as a second grader I know. Don't underestimate the power of these simple, "boring" books. Eric Carle is a master at writing primers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginning readers Sept. 7 2000
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I agree with other reviewers that this is a good read-aloud for very young children. But just because the text is so repetitive doesn't mean it is inappropriate for beginning readers. I teach kindergarten and nearly all of the words in the book are sight words, common words the students have to know on sight without sounding them out. The repetitive text also builds confidence in children who are learning to read. This is a book that your child can read to you. On top of all this, Eric Carle's illustrations are so great. I gave this book to my niece for her sixth birthday and her seven year old sister said, "Ooooh, that's a great book!" Don't stop reading this book to your child just because you think it's too easy, or because you're bored with it.
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By Jenn
We own several of Eric Carle's illustrated books, and this is our least favorite! Repitition is good for children, but this book goes a little over board. "Is this my cat? This is not my cat" is on every page of the book until the end.. the illustrations are great, as usual, but the excitement ends there. If you do not own an Eric Carle book, this one will turn you off to him, and his books are wonderful. Skip this one and choose 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?'(teaches colors and animals), 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'(teaches days of the week, numbers, and how eating healthy affects how you feel), 'The Very Busy Spider', 'The Very Lonely Firefly', 'The Very Grouchy Ladybug' or any others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My son just loves this book Aug. 9 2001
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Format:Board book
This book can be a lot of fun to read with your toddler if you "improvise". When my 3 year old and I read it together, I always add words describing what we see on the pages. For instance, there is a Mexican Cowboy on one page and we say "Mr. Cabalero, Have you seen my cat?" and on the next page, we say "This is not my cat....this is a jaguar" So it becomes a learning experience and lots of fun for both of us. I highly recommend any of the Eric Carle books.
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This is one of the most engaging childrens' books I've ever read! I checked it out of the library for my 2 year old daughter and I am here to buy it for her. She wants to read it several times a day! We like to add to it by saying, "Mr. Cowboy, have YOU seen my cat? That's not my cat..that's a BOBCAT!" My daughter squeals in laughter and it is teaching her animals and different types of people as well. I highly recommend it...along with ALL of Eric Carle's books. You can't go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have You Seen My Cat Oct. 30 2001
Format:Board book
If you kids are like mine, they will go BANANAS over this Eric Carle book. Let them help you read it, once they understand the rhythm (the question sequence). There are many types of cats presented as you ask "Have you seen my cat?" ie. tigers, jaguars, leopards, lions, etc. Let them guess what kind of cat it is from the picture before telling them. A delight to see the kids faces light up when they understand how a question works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for cat lovers of all ages July 11 2000
Format:Board book
This is a sweet book about a little boy who is looking for his cat. I liked this book because I am always looking for something, aren't we all? We are sometimes looking for the place where we belong. I think that this book perfectly captures the idea that we all belong to one big family, just as cats are all part of the same family. This would be a terrifc book to jumpstart a lesson in science as well as character education.
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By Michael
This is a simple, but engaging book to help build the confidence of the beginner/elementary reader, who is taken on a search for a missing cat. Only four sentences (Have you seen my cat? / This is not my cat. / Where is my cat? / This is my cat.) are used (only nine words) in the 21 pages of this book, but these sentences are repeated over and over again so that the book ends up averaging 4-5 words per page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for cat lovers of all ages
My son, husband and I first checked a copy out from the library and we read at least a dozen times a day. Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by Sarah Sammis
5.0 out of 5 stars Little did I know this book would become the theme of my dau
Little did I know this book would become the "theme" of my daughter's life. My daughter's favorite book when she was small was 'Have you seen my Cat? Read more
Published on March 26 2003 by moi123679
5.0 out of 5 stars THE most requested book......
My older daughter loved this book so much that I am ashamed to admit that I hid it for a few days! She literally would have read it 12x a day and some days we did. Read more
Published on March 24 2002 by "evgo"
5.0 out of 5 stars Boring for parents but GREAT fun for the little-ones!
My 2 year old loves this book. Her main excitement is ... the boy ... searching through lots of different cats. I am tired of the book's repetitiveness. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
My son has many Eric Carle books and all of them are great. All except this one. There is repetition and then there is no effort or creativity and this book displays very little... Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Repetition builds social language
This book was recommended to me by a speech therapist to promote social, "turn taking" language in my toddler. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars great choice for very young children
I think it is a mistake is to include this in a category of books for 4-8 year olds. I read this to my son when he was an infant until he was 18 mo. or so. Read more
Published on July 26 2000
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