Bound To Stay Bound

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 Nat the cat's sunny smile
 Author: Alborough, Jez

 Publisher:  Kane Miller (2013)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., music, 29 cm.

 BTSB No: 047774 ISBN: 9781610671774
 Ages: 3-8 Grades: K-3

 Cats -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Mood (Psychology) -- Fiction

Price: $18.58

Nat the Cat has packed a delicious picnic to share with her friends, Billy Goat and Hugo Hare. Billy and Hugo are both feeling down, but luckily, Nat can pass on her smile to her friends.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 159558

Common Core Standards 
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity

   Kirkus Reviews (08/01/13)
   School Library Journal (00/09/13)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2013 PreS-K—Children follow Nat the Cat as she tries to collect her friends, Hugo Hare and Billy Goat, for a picnic. When they decline because they're in bad moods, Nat sweetly pats them on their heads and continues along, humming a song. But on her way to the meadow, she wonders, "What sort of a picnic…will it be,/with nobody there to share it with me?" Now feeling gloomy herself, Nat stops at a lake and flops on the ground, uninterested in the contents of her picnic basket. Then Hugo and Billy appear, cheerfully explaining, "after you left the grump went away,/and it's all because of your smile…." The three friends munch on biscuits and cake,and they sing "Nat the Cat's Picnic Song." Words and music are included and may also be heard and downloaded at the author's website. Alborough's paintings, with rounded figures and spare backgrounds, feature soft colors and textures. The rhyming text is well paced, with choppy verse for the complaints and be-bop rhythms in the upbeat sections. Word choice encourages preschoolers' vocabulary development: "dingy," "dreary," "hamper," "brood."—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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