Houndsley And Catina And The Quiet Time

Summary:

Houndsley and Catina love many things, but snowstorms are not one of them. Catina doesn't like being stuck inside ... what about her plans? what about the concert? With Houndsley's help, Catina learns that being snowed in does have it's own kind of fun.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is an easy reader everyone can enjoy ... even those who don't like winter.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

My daughter didn't like this book the firs time. She saw it as a book we were using to "make" her read. This time, though, she liked the story. It was Catina's fashions (on the cover) that drew her in, but then she liked the way the two friends spent the day.

Parent Reaction

What a refreshing story! It is perfect for a snowy day ... or remembering a snowy day. In his quiet way, Houndsley draws Catina into the fun of enjoying the unexpected and invites us along, as well. The watercolor illustrations draw out the coolness of the season, yet make you feel warm inside, too. I was surprised, though that the readability level came out at the fourth grade.

Type of Book:
This is an easy reader chapter book with illustrations to help transitional readers.
Educational Themes:

This is an illustrated chapter book for transitional readers. The story grabs the reader, who will enjoy the book for its characters and light humor. There are themes of friendship, spontaneity and flexibility, using one's imagination, and problem-solving. Bring the book to life by sharing it over a cup of cocoa.

Reading Level:
3.3
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a child 7 years old, then later when she was 9 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a wonderful story. Pre-readers will enjoy listening to the story unfold, and they'll want it again in a future winter when they can read it on their own. This is a perfect book for snowed-in winter days.

Title Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time
About

Houndsley and Catina series

Author James Howe
Publisher Candlewick Press, Walker Books Group © 2008
Illustrators Marie-Louise Gay
ISBN 9780763633844
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.99
Genres Friendship, Humor
Cybils
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