Pretend You're a Cat by Jean Marzollo
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In these rollicking verses note author Jean Marzollo urges young readers to stretch their minds as well as their bodies, thinking and acting like a fish or bird or chick or cow--or a leaping, hissing, purring kitty. 31 full-color illustrations.

About Jean Marzollo

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Jean Marzollo was born in Manchester, Connecticut in 1942. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1964, and received a Masters in Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1965. After graduating, she taught for several years and then became involved in educational publishing. For twenty years she was the editor of "Let's Find Out," Scholastic's kindergarten magazine. She has written over a 130 books for children and has illustrated some of her own children's books starting in 2003. Her works include the I Spy series; Soccer Sam; Mama Mama/Papa Papa; Close Your Eyes; Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King; and the Shanna Show books. She was the recipient of the 2000 Rip Van Winkle Award presented by the School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern New York. She is married to Claudio Marzollo, a retired sculptor who has co-authored some of her children's science fiction and fantasy books. They have two sons, Dan and Dave. She resides in Upstate New York. Acclaimed American artist Jerry Pinkney was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 22, 1939. He began drawing as a four-year-old child, studied commercial art at the Dobbins Vocational School, and received a full scholarship to the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. After graduating, Pinkney worked in design and illustrations, helped found Kaleidoscope Studios, and later opened the Jerry Pinkney Studio. Pinkney is well-known as a children's book illustrator and has created the art for over one hundred titles, including Julius Lester's John Henry, Sam and the Tigers, and The Old African, plus adaptations of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl and The Nightingale. He has won five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards, four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, four New York Times Best Illustrated Book awards, the Hamilton King Award, and many others. He received the Virginia Hamilton Literary award from Kent State University in 2000, the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion in 2004, and the Original Art's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators in 2006. Pinkney was awarded the 2009 Caldecott Medal. In addition to holding numerous one-man retrospectives and exhibiting his work in more than one hundred international group shows, Pinkney's art resides in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Brandywine River Art Museum. He has taught art at the Pratt Institute, the University of Delaware, and the University of Buffalo.
Published May 7, 1990 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An invitation to creative movement: ""Can you hiss?/Can you scat?/Can you purr/ Like a cat?/What else can you do like a cat?"".

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""The rhymed verses are vivid and straightforward,"" said PW of this concept book in a review that praised Pinkney's ""inventive, engaging"" illustrations.

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