HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA by James Howe

HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA

Plink and Plunk
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Age Range: 5 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Houndsley loves to take his canoe out onto the lake, but Bert the goose, his usual paddling partner, must visit a sick aunt. He’s reluctant to invite his best friend, Catina, because the talkative cat does “not seem to understand that for Houndsley the joys of canoeing were the boat’s silent glide over the water, the plink and plunk of the paddles...” Sure enough, she yaks and yaks. A few days later, Houndsley is gifted with a bicycle, which he most assuredly does not want: He can’t ride. But he gamely goes out with Catina and Bert and promptly upends himself into an azalea bush. His confession that he can’t ride a bike results in a swap with Bert for a tricycle and Catina’s admission that she’s terrified of the water—that’s why she talks all the time—and a happy canoe outing with both friends, after a swimming lesson for Catina. Howe’s gentle text deftly mixes in some sight words alongside easily sounded-out vocabulary, all while telling a sweetly engaging story; Gay’s energetic watercolors brim with personality and humor. (Early reader. 5-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3385-1
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2009




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