Monday, April 27, 2009

Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time Ages 4-8

The creators of the E. B. White Read Aloud winner HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA offer a charming sequel about taking time out from the hustle and bustle.
The first snow of winter has fallen, and Houndsley is very happy, as he loves the quiet time. Catina does not like the quiet time, however, and she does not enjoy being snowed in. What about all her plans for the day? What if their evening concert has to be canceled? With a bit of pretending, a few books and board games, a flourish of creativity, and
some time to dream, Houndsley helps Catina let go of her worries and enjoy the snowy day, wherever it might take them.
Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time
By James Howe, Marie-Louise Gay
Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
Edition: illustrated
Published by Candlewick Press, 2008
ISBN 0763633844, 9780763633844
42 pages
From Booklist
Emergent readers will enjoy the latest outing featuring this appealing cat-and-dog friendship. The first winter storm finds the duo snowed in while preparing for the evening’s community concert. Houndsley loves the quiet time, while Catina is hopping mad that she is stuck inside. Finally, neighbors shovel them out and the concert takes place after all. Gay’s delicate watercolors capture the delight of a wintry day, and Howe’s on-target portrayal of friends who get along despite bumps along the way make this special. Grades K-2, ages 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. --Bina Williams

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