Three Cheers For Catherine The Great


Grandma Catherine wants to celebrate her birthday with a "no-present party." Everyone has found the perfect "no-present" except Sara, her grand daughter. With just a few hours before the party begins, Sara finds what she thinks is the perfect no present.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a nice story to share with kids who tend to view birthdays as occasions to collect material things. The illustrations help make it fun and kept the toddler's eyes busy while we read the lengthy pages.

Content Awareness Factors:

This is clearly a book for older kids, so the length of the text might be too much for toddlers/preschoolers who like rhyming cadence and quick page turners.

Little Kid Reaction

The birthday party as the central plot element drew our toddler's attention, but it was the various characters and their talents that kept her riveted.

Big Kid Reaction

We enjoyed reading this book before we shared it with our 2-year-old. On a lark, looking for something new, we pulled it from the shelf. There is lots of text, so we weren't sure what would happen, but it was an instant hit.

Type of Book:
A great family story that shows how the melting pot works, as Catherine is a Russian emigre. There's even Russian and Cyrrllic in the book!
Educational Themes:

This is a great story for sharing the idea that birthdays don't have to be about material things. Gifts take all shapes and sizes.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
started reading at 2 years
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Especially if your daughter is named Catherine or Sara.

Title Three Cheers for Catherine the Great
Author Carrie Best
Publisher DK Books for Children © 1999
Illustrators Giselle Potter
ISBN 0789426226
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Family
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