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RUMBLE TUM by Stephanie True Peters


by Stephanie True Peters and illustrated by Robert Papp

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-525-42156-6
Publisher: Dutton

It’s love at first sight when Beth first holds her fluffy black-and-white kitten Rumble Tum. In the days that follow, Beth’s love swells as she watches Rumble Tum adjust to her new home and proceed to play, explore, cuddle and even make friends with the dog next door. Papp’s glowing, painterly illustrations and the warm, clear text show the charming young feline and her family as she grows, frolics and learns about the world around her. It isn’t until a rainstorm that Beth and Rumble Tum are separated for the first time; upset by the thunder and lightning, the young feline disappears. Mild suspense ensues as the family’s initial attempts at finding her are unsuccessful, but much to Beth’s relief, the resourceful kitten has managed to find a safe place to stay until it is time to go home. This inviting and straightforward story of a girl and her cat is playful and full of charm, and it’s an excellent introduction to the pleasures and responsibilities of having a pet. (Picture book. 3-6)