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HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA AND THE QUIET TIME by James Howe

HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA AND THE QUIET TIME

By James Howe (Author) , Marie-Louise Gay (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3384-4
Publisher: Candlewick

The frantic pace of daily life is thrown by the wayside when a heavy snowstorm quietly descends in this latest installment starring friends Houndsley and Catina. Duo Howe and Gay (Houndsley and Catina and the Birthday Surprise, 2006, etc.) continue the animals’ friendship amidst a serene snowfall. Feline Catina anxiously awaits their performance in an evening’s planned concert, worrying the weather will prohibit her plans for the special occasion. Canine Houndsley, however, enjoys the calm the winter wonderland brings, and he helps Catina to appreciate—gradually—the wonderful quiet the snowy day has to offer. Their tranquility is slightly interrupted, however, as neighbor Bert continuously practices his dramatic cymbal solo next door. Each chapter builds to the night’s grand musical event, and the projected percussion finale provides a tender surprise to the wintry day’s conclusion. Howe’s text fully suits newly independent readers, while Gay’s dreamy watercolor, pencil and collage illustrations thoroughly set the stage for the snowy setting. These endearing characters shine in this gentle and reflective read. (Early reader. 5-8)