Where Is Catkin?
Where Is Catkin?
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Annotation: Catkin jumps off Amy's lap to go for his daily hunt, and although he hears many creatures in the yard, he cannot find them.
Catalog Number: #4241644
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Illustrator: Paschkis, Julie,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-561-45523-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-561-45523-2
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2009024517
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Subject Heading:
Cats. Fiction.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In this picture-book hide-and-seek game, feline Catkin jumps off young Amy's lap and goes hunting into the grass, by a pond, through rocks, and up a tree, looking for Cricket, then Frog, Mouse, Snake, and Bird. Where are they? Children will enjoy searching through the busy, bright, stylized pictures in ink and gouache and pointing to the creatures hiding where Catkin doesn't see them. There is a cozy final twist as Catkin gets stuck on the highest branch of a tree, and Amy retraces his steps, searching everywhere until at last she rescues him. As Amy and Catkin snuggle together in a close embrace, the wild creatures Catkin pursued roam free, and kids will pick up on the story's mood of both love and adventure.
Kirkus Reviews
This third outing from the sisterly team of Lord and Paschkis is a visual feast for young readers. For Amy's golden cat, it is time to hunt. As he slinks through the pages, he sees the creatures that fill his backyard habitat—cricket, frog, mouse, snake and bird—but all elude capture. The author gives readers a chance to guess what animal that Catkin is stalking with onomatopoeic clues to accompany the visual ones. A turn of the page reveals the answer in the text and, for observant readers, in the picture. The last few pages are a seek-and-find dream for children, with Catkin searching all around and not finding the five animals. In frustration, he climbs a tree for a better view, which is where Amy finds him. Paschkis's black-backgrounded folk-art illustrations fill the pages with vibrant colors and simple, stylized shapes—the ideal backdrop for hiding the small creatures that Catkin hunts. The gorgeous red-and-yellow borders are a cumulative collection of the animals. Lovely. (Picture book. 2-6)
Publishers Weekly

Sisters Lord and Paschkis (Albert the Fix-It Man) team up again, this time for a search-and-find story about a honey-colored cat whose hunting skills are not all they might be. Skillful use of repetition (“Catkin hops... Cricket hops deep into the grass”; “Catkin leaps... Frog leaps into the pond”) and offbeat animal noises (“Kerik-kerik” for the cricket, “Garrump” for the frog) move the story forward, but it's in essence a series of observations—there's little suspense. Paschkis's bright, peasant-style illustrations bring cheery liveliness to Catkin's world; they're a bit like the art Wanda Gág might have produced had four-color printing been available to her. Stylized borders run along the top and bottom of each page, showing simple silhouettes of the animals Catkin pursues. Between the borders, Catkin chases his prey through a tapestry of curling leaves and waving grasses (readers are directed to find the animals within the vegetation, and several make repeat appearances). In the end, Catkin becomes the pursued, as his owner, Amy, seeks him out. The story will entertain very young children, and the artwork will absorb them. Ages 2–6. (Feb.)

School Library Journal
Pres-Gr 1 Catkin is on the prowl, ever alert to the sounds and movements that intrigue cats so much. Young children will delight in finding the critters hidden in Paschkis's eye-popping, folk-style artwork before the calico does, and they will enjoy imitating the sounds each animal makes. As the story progresses, Paschkis also includes stylized images of each creature in the bright orange and yellow borders on each spread, another opportunity for young ones to search, point, and name. Lord's story line includes predictable text that can help children tell the story and describes the various ways the feline moves. "Catkin creeps/explores/hops/jumps/leaps/races/pounces" serves as an invitation to youngsters to act out the subtle differences in the verbs. There are so many ways to engage with this book that multiple readings are in order. Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 226
Reading Level: 1.1
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 136080 / grade: Lower Grades
Guided Reading Level: K
Fountas & Pinnell: K

A cats curiosity lands him in a tight spot.
Catkin slithers through the grass, creeps by the pond, and explores a rock pile. Along the way he follows the sounds of animals and insects.
Kerik-Kerik. Catkin sees something shiny and small in the thick grass. Catkin hopsbut the cricket gets away.
Garrump. Garrump. Catkin sees something green and spotted. Catkin leapsbut the frog hops into the water.
When Catkin hears a rustling by the tree he climbs up to the highest branch to investigate. But its a long, long way back down to the ground. Meeeow. Meeeow. Now who will hear Catkin and rescue him?
Author Janet Lords simple, satisfying story of a mischievous cat features cheerful animal sounds and an entertaining find-and-seek element, all richly portrayed in Julie Paschkiss gorgeous illustrations that celebrate the patterns and shapes founds in nature.

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