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The Cat in the Hat

Seuss, Dr. (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2009. 64 pages
First published: 1957
ISBN: 9780394801711 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Poetry, humour and silliness abound in this classic beginner book about a cat, sporting a stovepipe hat, who wreaks havoc as he shows two bored kids how to have some rainy day fun while their mother is out. The cast of characters also includes their pet fish, a sort-of moral compass that repeatedly begs the mischievous cat to take his party elsewhere, as well as Thing One and Thing Two, creatures who recklessly turn the house upside down. Children will enjoy the final moments, as they themselves are drawn into the plot, having to decide whether or not they would admit what they had done all day if their own mother asked them: “Well, what would YOU do/If your mother asked YOU?”

Cartoon illustrations in black, white, red and blue, with occasional touches of pink, capture the lively sense of movement and energy in this tale about the consequences of letting a stranger into the house. Told through simple rhyme and a limited vocabulary that invites either read-aloud or independent reading, this version also includes a French translation on every page, ideal for introducing children to their second language.

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    Discuss what the Cat in the Hat does to amuse the children. What do you play when your parents leave you with a babysitter?

  •  Write in your journal whether you would tell your mother about what happened if the Cat had visited you. Explain your decision.
  •  Write another adventure about Thing One and Thing Two.
  •  Make a podcast of you and a friend taking turns reading the story aloud.
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    Discuss what the Cat in the Hat does to amuse the children. What is the role of the fish? Would you tell your mother about the Cat’s visit? What do you play when your parents leave you with a babysitter?

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    Take turns reading aloud a part of the story, paying attention to rhyming words.

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    Write a note, in rhyme, from the children to the Cat in the Hat.

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