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Is That a Cat?
by Tim Hamilton
Tim Hamilton, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823433841 | 07-30-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Humor, Animals/Fiction, Friendship
Recommendations: K

CCSS Codes:
L.1.4, 4a, 4c, 5, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6
W.1.3, 5, 6, 8
RF.1.1, 3, 3a, 3b, 3e, 3e, 3g, 4, 4a, 4c
L.1.1, 1b, 1d, 1f, 1I, 2, 2a, 2b
RL.1.1-7, 9
SL.1.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2-6

About the Book

Zaniness abounds in this picture book about a series of mistaken identities.

While in search of a friend, the cat bumps into an elf. The elf needs rain to test his umbrella, but the only drops he finds are a bear's tears. This poor bear is looking for something too: his lost boot. Unfortunately, he discovers a dog instead. Hunting down these missing treasures gets harder and harder as each pursuit reveals something entirely different. Though no one gets what they were hoping for, this wacky chain of events leads to a happy ending. The group of characters has found one another and a good time!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. How does IS THAT A CAT? change from the beginning to the end of the story? RL.1-2.1, 2, 3

2. How does author Tim Hamilton create suspense and humor in the story? What was the funniest part of the story in your opinion? Explain. RL.1-2.7 / W.1-2.1

3. Not a cat, not a boot, not a bone, not an elephant, not a horn, not a bird, not a tree, not scissors, not a worm, not a band. Find what it is in the story. RL.1-2.1

4. Plan and create your own optical trick. Share with the class. SL.1-2.5

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IS THAT A CAT? Activity Sheet
What is the character looking for?