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The Fat Cat Sat On The Mat (I Can Read Level 1)

The fat cat sat on the mat. "Get off!" said the rat. But the fat cat just sat. Will the rat get the fat cat off the mat?

Lexile Measure: 220L (What's this?)

Series: I Can Read Level 1 (Book 1)

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (July 17, 1998)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0064442462

ISBN-13: 978-0064442466

Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches

Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #25,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #76 in Books > Children's Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Intermediate Readers #186 in Books > Children's Books > Animals > Cats #663 in Books > Children's Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

Age Range: 4 - 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool - 3

The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat is one of my granddaughter's favorite books. I've read some of the reviews and understand that some parents are concerned about some of the language--stupid, brat and hate. I'm careful about choosing books that have appropriate language for children. Her parents have taught my granddaughter(as have I) that it is not okay to call people "stupid." We also have taught her that it is important to love others--even when they seem hateful or unloving. We want her to be kind and considerate of others and understand that you don't call people names. At the same time, most children are confronted with these thoughts and words at an early age in the world we live in, so occasionally having these words in books to explore and to talk about with our children can be helpful.When I chose this book to buy, I had been working with my granddaughter on the "at" words the book aims to teach to young readers. I had made a simple diorama with pictures of a cat and a mat and the words to place with them, and my granddaughter had learned these words, so I was thrilled to find Karlin's book.I remember vividly the first reading with my granddaughter. I read it with a great deal of dramatic emphasis because it's the kind of nonsensical but funny, funny book that you can read this way. One of the funniest scenes for my granddaughter is when the hat (with his friends the rat and the bat parading behind him), tries to entice the cat to get off the mat. He brings him a fish on a dish but keeps it just out of the cat's reach. The cat says, "Bring it closer!" (I read it slooooowly and with lots of emphasis!) Then the hat says, "Come and get it!" Of course, my granddaughter wondered what the cat would do--would she jump off the mat to get the fish on a dish?

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