Like the Chapman and Sleater (above), this is coded 1A, the Fat Cat designation for ""first half of first grade,"" but it's the only one of the three that could properly be called a pre-reader. And that's its only reason for being, with each simple statement (""A dog is on a log with a hog""; ""a duck and his truck are stuck"") merely a rhyming exercise in beginning phonics. With one such sentence to an illustrated double page, this might well evoke a ""Hey! I can read!"" But unlike the venerable Cat in the Hat, it offers no other inducement to turn the page.