SCAREDY CAT by Joan Rankin

SCAREDY CAT

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 ``I don't like GIANTS,'' reports a small quivering kitten, but Mama Meow reassures her child that this particular giant is their kindly owner, Auntie B. The narrator also dislikes crocodiles (``Auntie B.'s shoes'') and the dark forest that is really the four hairy legs of Auntie B.'s dog, Scratchpooch. When the kitten mistakes the dog's nose for an ``eensie-weensie'' spider and takes a swing at Scratchpooch, ``Kapow!'' and this scaredy cat is transformed into Tiger Cat: ``WOW!/are eensie-weensie spiders/scared of me!'' The upbeat message--that courage may be only a matter of perspective--lights up a cheerful comedy from Rankin (The Little Cat and the Greedy Old Woman, 1995), who shows Tiger, in the last scene, going nose-to-nose with a huge neighborhood dog. This lesson in assertiveness--hardly clouded by the notion that a good swat is the answer to fear--gives preschoolers a congenial view of the things that frighten the kitten in gleefully expressive illustrations; adults may gain a new sense of just how big and forbidding the world can appear to the very young. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-689-80948-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: McElderry
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1996




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