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TALLY CAT KEEPS TRACK by Trudy Harris

TALLY CAT KEEPS TRACK

From the Math Is Fun! series

By Trudy Harris (Author) , Andrew N. Harris (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7613-4451-3
Publisher: Millbrook

Tally McNally the alley cat keeps track of everything with tally marks: trees climbed, mice caught, races won. But his ultra-competitive nature leads him to sometimes cheat a bit so as to always be the winner. One rainy day when Tom Cat announces that he is as wet as a cat can get, Tally McNally rises to the challenge. But when Tally goes too far and finds himself washed down the gutter, he quickly ’fesses up so they will rescue him. It takes teamwork to get Tally out, and, when he emerges, one last tally shows readers that he has learned his lesson. Trudy Harris’s rhyming verses have a kind of jazzy beat that fits with the alley cats. Andrew N. Harris’s illustrations anthropomorphize his subjects, clothing them and giving them eyebrows and human-like eyes--both of which get a lot of use, especially when it comes to the other cats’ putting up with the fraudulent tallies. Backmatter teaches readers how to use tally marks to count objects. Math and a lesson in friendship rolled into one. (Picture book. 5-8)