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The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat

by Dr. Seuss

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In this book a brother and sister are stuck inside on a rainy day, while their mother is out running errands. When all of a sudden, the Cat in the Hat walks through the door and starts playing some mischievous games. He even brings along his friends Thing 1, and Thing 2. The children's pet fish is insisting that the cat and his friends all leave before the children's mother gets home. With the house a mess and mom around the corner, the Cat in the Hat cleans up the mess and leaves, right before mom walks through the door.

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I really love this book because it has fun rhyming, literature, and fast pace excitement. The plot keeps you turning the pages to find out what the Cat in the Hat is going to do next. Also, this book creates fantasy with anthropomorphism with the Cat in the Hat. I think that is one reason why children love him so much.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Have your class talk about rainy day activities. Make a bulletin board about their favorite things to do on a rainy day.
2. Have the class work on rhyming words.
  CiaraLohman | Sep 10, 2014 |
The Cat in the Hat would be a good book for 1st or 2nd graders. The repetitive nature of the book will help beginning readers read the book. The length of the book is a little long, so I do not recommend this book for students who have difficulties focusing for long periods of time.
  bzittlosen | Sep 9, 2014 |
This book is a great resource for teaching young children about rhyming. For example, Dr. Seuss wrote "...and then something went BUMP! how that bump made us jump!" Rhymes like that example are on every page in the book. Children can easily get a hang of rhyming by reading many of Dr. Seuss's books.

Summary: Sally and her brother were stuck in their house without their mother on a rainy day. As they became bored, they heard a loud noise. Suddenly, a cat came out of a hat. The cat's goal was to show the two children fun games that they can play during rainy days. However, the cat made a large mess in the house. The talking fish was not happy and told the cat to leave over and over again. The cat left, only to return with a box that contained thing one and thing two. Thing one and thing two ran throughout the house making an even bigger mess. The fish became very angry and anxious as he saw the mother arrive back at the house. The cat quickly cleaned up the mess in the house and vanished before the mother walked in. After the mother walked into the house, she asked her children what they did on that rainy day. The children did not know whether to tell her or not. ( )
  ahanch1 | Sep 1, 2014 |
The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss, is the story of an adventure that happened on a boring, rainy day. Sally and her brother, and their pet fish, were left home alone for the day while the mother ran errands. Their boredom grew more intense as they peered out the window and saw nothing but rain. Out of nowhere, the Cat in the hat arrived with a big box. Inside the box contain two things, Thing 1 and Thing 2. These things were tiny people filled with nothing but energy. While trying to create fun, they created a mess, and the fish could do nothing but protest. The children played for a while, but after a while, they realized they needed to clean up the mess before their mother returned home, just as the fish had been saying all day. As the cat left, he looked very sad that his day of fun was coming to an end. As the children looked around they knew their mother would be very upset with the mess they made. Just then, the cat came back and cleaned the entire house. It looked just as it had when he arrived that morning. When the mother walked in, it was as if nothing had ever happened.
Personal Reaction:
This is one of my favorite stories. As I read this, I could feel the energy of Thing 1 and Thing 2, as they bounced around. I could see the tension in the fish's face as he saw the house becoming messier and messier by the minute. For a child, I can imagine them trying to find a fun imaginary cat in the hat to entertain them on a rainy day. This book definitely leaves children to their imaginations.
Extension Ideas:
1. Have students create their own hat that looks like the Cat in the Hat's hat.
2. Pick a vocabulary word, or spelling word, and have students come up with rhyming words.
3. Share what you like to do on a rainy day. Encourage the students to be imaginative.
  alexis.smith | Jul 14, 2014 |
The Cat in the Hat is about the cat in the hat who arrives to show Sally and her brother that you can still have fun on a rainy day. Their mother is gone and their "fun" turns into havoc really fast. The cat likes to get into mischief and starts making their house a mess to say the least. The kids pet fish doesn't like it all and wants the cat in the hat to leave before the children's mother arrives back home. He leaves without he house still a mess then returns with Thing 1 and Thing 2 to help clean the house and finish doing so just in time before their mother arrives back home.

This book has to be my favorite all time children's book. It is filled with imagination, rhyming, kids having fun even on a rainy day. This book is also a great example of patterned language. Dr. Seuss uses simple vocabulary for kids just learning to read and also does a great job with his illustrations as they are the thing that most engages these young readers. Symmetrical interaction was used with this book because the pictures and text tell the same story but use different forms of communication. The characters in this book are the narrator (the young boy,) his sister, Sally, their pet fish, the cat in the hat, thing 1 and thing 2, and their mother. The theme to this book, to me, is that even on a rainy day you can still have fun. Also, to use your imagination, but you still need to clean up the mess that you make. The setting is in Sally and her brother's house. The Cat in the hat is told from a first-person point of view, Sally's brother. This book had a very playful yet serious tone toward the end when it was time for the cat in the hat to leave after causing such a huge mess.

Two classroom extension ideas would be: to be sure the kids clean up their mess just like the cat in the hat made sure his mess was cleaned up. Also, to have an imaginary activity while it's raining outside, such as; make some cat in the hats and thing 1 and thing 2's.
  bm091113 | Jul 1, 2014 |
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This is classic book to be used in a lesson about rhyming. This is also a book to use in celebrating Dr. Seus Day!
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Dr. Seussprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, SholemTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edmondson, AdrianNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gammell, StephenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grammer, KelseyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rivera, CarlosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Viggen, HåkonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 039480001X, Hardcover)

He may be an old standby, but he never lets us down. When in doubt, turn to the story of the cat that transformed a dull, rainy afternoon into a magical and just-messy-enough adventure. There's another, hidden adventure, too: this book really will help children learn to read. With his simple and often single-vowel vocabulary, the good Doctor knew what he was doing: hear it, learn it, read it--laughing all the way. The Cat in the Hat is a must for any child's library.

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Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat who shows them some tricks and games.

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