I See a Cat
I See a Cat

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Series: I Like to Read   

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Annotation: A dog enjoys barking at a cat, a bee, and especially squirrels in this easy-to-read book.
Catalog Number: #150862
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8234-3973-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99707-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8234-3973-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99707-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2016048120
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
PreSGr 1Another great addition to the series by Meisel (See Me Run and See Me Dig), again featuring the always-popular antics of a dog. The story begins (and ends) with the animated pup barking up a tree. The title page creates interest and draws readers in with the image of an unhappy dog coming inside. The rest of the story depicts the pup's reactions to various encounters inside and out. Spreads full of bright colors and cartoonish illustrations clearly portray the dog's feelings through his actions and expressions. The simple text includes merely 10 words. Each sentence begins with, "I see a" and ends with the latest entry into the dog's field of vision, including a cat, bird, fly, bee, mice, a boy, andmost frustratingly and more than oncea squirrel. The repetition in the simple text and sentence structure will build confidence for early readers. VERDICT A great choice for early readers that will have wide appeal and could be read individually or with a group. Recommended for general purchase.Theresa Muraski, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Library
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Ten words may be all it takes to convince some young children to try reading. An expressive dog, locked inside on a sunny day, is increasingly frustrated by its confinement. Each sentence begins: "I see a…." "Cat," "bird," "fly," "squirrel," "mice," "bee," and so on complete the sentence on successive subsequent double-page spreads. Almost all the action takes place on the other side of a sliding-glass door. Only the fly is inside, buzzing annoyingly around the dog in four vignettes. When a brown-skinned child appears, the dog is clearly delighted. Freed at last, the dog immediately chases the squirrel up a tree. Despite its limited vocabulary, Meisel's simple story is surprisingly satisfying. New readers will fill in the missing details from clues in the uncluttered illustrations, several spreads of which are completely wordless. For example, the child is first shown with a backpack—just returning home from school, perhaps? Even before the title page, a wordless frontmatter sequence begins the story. On the title page the dog's eyes clearly signal displeasure at having to come inside. "Squirrel," the hardest of the 10 words used, appears three times, providing practice while also making it clear that the squirrel is dog's chief antagonist. The repeated sentence structure helps build confidence and fosters reading fluency. Another successful addition to the I Like to Read series: "I see a winner!" (Early reader. 4-8)
Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: 50L
Guided Reading Level: A

A dog barks at everything he loves—a cat, a squirrel, and his favorite boy! This Level A book is perfect for new readers. 

I see a cat. I see a bird. I see a fly. 

Easy-to-read text and fun pictures follow a dog through his happy day.  Sitting inside his house, the dog watches other animals pass by the glass door . . . until his beloved boy comes home, and the two pals dash outside, determined to get up close and personal with all the backyard wildlife!

2018 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
American Library Association Notable Book
Junior Library Guild Selection
Level A books, for early kindergarten, have one short sentence that repeats on every page with only one word change per spread. Images help tell the story—leading to faster decoding of sight words. This proven method starts the earliest readers on the path to reading fluency. When Level A is mastered, follow up with Level B.

The award-winning I Like to Read® series focuses on guided reading levels A through G, based upon Fountas and Pinnell standards.  Acclaimed author-illustrators--including winners of Caldecott, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and Coretta Scott King honors—create original, high-quality illustrations that support comprehension of simple text and are fun for kids to read again and again with their parents, teachers or on their own!

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