Tiptop Cat

1 CD. 15 min. Recorded Books. 2015. $15.75. ISBN 9781490660202. digital download.
PreS-Gr 3—A curious and intrepid feline familiarizes himself with his new home, both indoors and outdoors. But one day, in pursuit of the pigeon that lands on his balcony, the cat pounces and experiences a great fall. He isn't hurt, but his spirit is broken. He becomes fearful and no longer does the things that he used to do. But then a crow shows up, and slowly but surely, the chase is on again. Lizan Mitchell's narration conveys the cat's initial curiosity and daring adventuresome spirit, as well as its subsequent fear, caution, and return of confidence. The story is available on two tracks; one with, and one without page-turn signals.
VERDICT This lively and engaging story gently delivers on the theme of trying, failing, and trying again.

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