Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

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The Cat is back! Just in time for Valentine’s Day. If you’ve already fallen in love with Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda’s irascible Cat in Here Comes the Easter Cat, Here Comes Santa Cat, and Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat, you will have a special Valentine’s Day indeed as you read Here Comes Valentine Cat. What? You’ve never met Cat? Well, then you need to get yourself to your favorite bookstore right away!

Here Comes Valentine Cat (Dial Books, 2015) is fun to read for kids and adults. I had a few laugh-out-loud moments and the end is sweet. I love the dance between text and illustrations in picture books and this book is a tango between a cat who communicates with signs and an ever-prodding narrator. Fun is the only reason you need to enjoy this story, but Here Comes Valentine Cat also offers up a satisfying empathy lesson. I can imagine follow-up discussions with children about friends and classmates where it would helpful to see another’s point-of-view, to let go of our preconceived notions. Parents and teachers are already masters of that ever-prodding narrator role. Kids will love ‘playing’ cat.

Cat may be irascible, but down inside Cat has a very soft heart. And my heart was warmed from reading Here Comes Valentine Cat. I think you’ll enjoy it too.

 

For some free Valentine’s to print out and make see Penguin Publisher’s site:

http://www.penguin.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/ValentineCat_Make-Your-Own-Valentine.pdf

To see more of Deborah’s books go to: http://www.deborahunderwoodbooks.com/

 

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