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There Once Was a Cat: Limericks for Cat Lovers of All Ages by Mary Jane Cogan






This book is designed to appeal to many types of readers: cat fanciers, poetry lovers, and especially young readers.
There Once Was a Cat: Limericks for Cat Lovers of All Ages by Mary Jane Cogan
ISBN: 9781503007147
Published: November 26, 2014
Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Trade paperback: 34 pages
Content rating: G

Book Description:

THERE ONCE WAS A CAT is designed to appeal to many types of readers: cat fanciers, poetry lovers, and young readers. This book combines the antics of cats and the silliness of limerick poetry into a colourful, education, and fun-filled reading experience. The book contains twenty-six amusing limericks written about cats. The cats are named alphabetically, starting with A for Anna and ending with Z for Zipper. Each limerick is presented with a watercolor illustration. Within each illustration is the first letter of the cat's name. For example, on the page about Anna, the young reader can search for all the A's in the illustration, count them, and check the total with the answer page. Young readers, then, gain experience in alphabet, letter recognition, and counting skills.

My Review:
Reviewed by Sandra Olshaski

I was completely enchanted by this book that is equally entertaining as it is educational. I had forgotten what is a limerick and was happy to be reminded that it is:"a short poem that rhymes, has a bouncy rhythm, and is usually silly. The rhythm pattern makes a limerick fun to read aloud and fun to memorize."

The author has written and illustrated 26 limericks about cats, each one having a name beginning with the letters of the alphabet. The young reader learns their ABC's in a fun-filled way. There are upper case and lower case letters in each illustration. The author has creatively incorporated in each chapter letters that correspond to the name of the cat. The reader can find and count the letters, then check the total with the answer page at the back of the book. A youngster can gain experience in the alphabet, in letter recognition and in counting skills.

I highly recommend this multi-faceted book for poetry lovers and cat lovers alike. It's a wonderful teaching tool for parents to use as they read with their children.

Sandra Olshaski's disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


 About the author:


Mary Jane Cogan holds a master's degree in education. She drew from her experiences as a cat-lover, artist, and reading teacher to create this multi-faceted book.

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