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Cats Are Cats
by Valeri Gorbachev
Valeri Gorbachev, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823430529 | 07-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Animals/Fiction, Humor, Friendship
Recommendations: A, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
SL. 1.1, 1a-c, 2, 4-6
RL. 1.1-7, 9
L. 1.1, 1b, 1e, 2, 2a, 2d, 5, 5b-c
RF. 1.1, 1a, 2-4, 4a-c
W. 1.1-3, 5, 7-8

About the Book

Exuberant watercolor illustrations chronicle the transformation of Tiger from kitten to giant jungle beast and his doting owner's efforts to accommodate his "growing" needs in this warmhearted story that celebrates unconditional love.

Miss Bell loved cats. One day she bought a tiny kitten. He had stripes like a tiger, a tail like a tiger, and a smile like a tiger. So Miss Bell named him Tiger. He was very cute, and she loved him a lot. Tiger grew and grew. He grew into a huge tiger, took over the whole house, and made a big mess. But Miss Bell loved him just the same. "Cats are cats," she said cheerfully.


"Sure to warm the hearts of youngsters."—Booklist

"A splendid addition."—School Library Journal

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What words/phrase does Miss Bell repeat throughout the story? How does Miss Bell take care of Tiger? RL.K-1.1, 3 /L.K-1.5

2. Find details of how "cats are cats" from the story. Write a sentence and draw a picture. RL.K-1.1, 3 / W.K-1.3

3. Compare and contrast pet cats and tigers. Use evidence from the story and from experiences. Ex) Pet cats and tigers both have stripes, and like fish. Pet cats MEOW, but tigers ROAR. RL.1, 3 /SL.K-1.4, 5

4. What was surprising about the ending of the story? What do you think will happen next? RL.K-1.3, 7