I had my granddaughter staying with me this weekend. We went to the local library and chose a few books for her to enjoy. We sat outdoors on a lovely Saturday and enjoyed the warm sun in the company of books.
My favorite of our choices was “Mrs. Mc Tats and her Houseful of Cats”.
It had rhyming text. THAT always make reading fun. It was also very humorous. THAT also makes reading fun.
The artwork illustrations were very charming and gave the book a lot of character.
Mrs. Mc Tats has a ritual of leaving her cozy cottage each morning to go to market. After choosing something to bring home for dinner, she repeatedly finds new cats scratching at her door. She welcomes them and names them. As the story develops, she ends up with twenty-five cats all with names starting with consecutive letters of the alphabet. The last letter begins the name of a surprise 26th visitor at her door.
Katherine enjoyed the repeated sing-song rhyming and surprises. She especially enjoyed the illustrations. She read it almost all by herself, once she became familiar with the rhythm of the story.
As I read my own books, Kat read hers for much of our afternoon. I could tell that being a “reader” was giving her a lot of pleasure. I recommend Mrs. Mc Tats as a great” interest keeper” and a good beginning book for readers of 6 years old. I also recommend being a reader yourself and inspiring this joy in kids through example.