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Cats' Night Out

Last updated Thursday, February 27, 2014

Author: Caroline Stutson
Date of Publication: 2010
ISBN: 1416940057
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Mar. 2014

Synopsis: From two cats waltzing to twenty cats in a conga line, dancing felines take to the streets, the fire escapes, and the rooftops in this charming concept picture book that is part counting and part introduction to music, dance, and rhythm. The short rhyming text makes it a perfect read-aloud treat, and with vivid illustrations from a breakout DreamWorks animator, readers and listeners alike will be thrilled to see what happens one night on Easy Street when a pair of cats start to groove to the beat.

Discussion topics for before reading:

•  trumpet riff - a series of musical notes played on the trumpet.
•  samba - a lively modern ballroom dance from Brazil in bouncy duple time.
•  boogie - to move, to dance.
•  poodle skirt - a skirt worn in the 1950's with a poodle on it.
•  saddle shoes - black and white shoes.
•  canvas spats - a shoe cover worn stylishly over shoes.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you know how to dance?
•  Do you know any of the dances in the book?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw or cut-out cats doing your favorite dance in the book.
•  Make a sign like on the front & back cover. Cut out bright colored letters & cats for the front & dark letters for the back. Paste onto the front & back of grey or brown paper.
•  Make a dancing cat using this template: (http://www.craftscope.com/craft-dancing-cat/)

Special activities:
•  Do some of the dances in the book - the twist, conga line, tap, line-dance.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!