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Houndsley and Catina and the quiet time




Publication Information:
[Pine Plains, N.Y.] : Live Oak Media, ℗2010.
Physical Description:
1 audio disc (approximately 28 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (42 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm)
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General Note:

Compact disc.

Track 1: narration with page turn signals; track 2: narration with no page turn signals.

Accompanying book, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay, published: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2008.
Track 1: Narration with page turn signals (13:56) -- Track 2: Narration with no page turn signals (13:38).
When the first snow of winter falls and Catina worries that her plans for the day will be ruined, Houndsley helps her let go of her worries and enjoy the quiet time of the snowy day.
Reading Level:
Ages 5-7.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 0.5 125142.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.3 1 Quiz: 45272.
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Sometimes dreaming is even better than making plans says Houndsley, as he enjoys the quiet time brought about by a major snowstorm. At first, his friend Catina frets about being snowed in and missing the concert scheduled for that evening. But, as the snowfall continues, she begins to accept whatever the day brings - and appreciates the quiet and the chance to dream in this gentle reminder for everyone about the importance of taking time out.

Author Notes

James Howe was born in Oneida, New York on August 2, 1946. He attended Boston University and majored in theater. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as a literary agent. His first book, Bunnicula, was published in 1979. It won several awards including the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award and the Nene Award. He is the author of more than 90 books for young readers including the Bunnicula series, the Bunnicula and Friends series, the Tales from the House of Bunnicula series, Pinky and Rex series, and the Sebastian Barth Mystery series. His other works include The Hospital Book , A Night Without Stars, Dew Drop Dead, The Watcher, The Misfits, Totally Joe, Addie on the Inside, and Also Known As Elvis.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-"The quiet. It is almost like music." With the delicacy of snow falling silently on treetops and musical notes passing across the page, close friends Houndsley (a wise dog who happens to play the cello) and Catina (a childlike perfectionist cat who plays the clarinet) find their performance plans interrupted by a snowstorm. While Catina always worries about that which cannot be done, and Houndsley always finds a positive solution to every situation, the realities of a winter storm lead the friends to use their imaginations and create an "island" in Houndsley's house, enjoying a day of reading and writing poetry, games, and shared dreams. Soft watercolors and a pastel palette reveal the cozy clutter of Houndsley's home, and white snow-washed scenes of snowmen add gentle, whimsical humor to a day of restricted activities inspired by the weather. This small book provides a seamless visualization of the perfect conclusion to a snowy day.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

The frantic pace of daily life is thrown by the wayside when a heavy snowstorm quietly descends in this latest installment starring friends Houndsley and Catina. Duo Howe and Gay (Houndsley and Catina and the Birthday Surprise, 2006, etc.) continue the animals' friendship amidst a serene snowfall. Feline Catina anxiously awaits their performance in an evening's planned concert, worrying the weather will prohibit her plans for the special occasion. Canine Houndsley, however, enjoys the calm the winter wonderland brings, and he helps Catina to appreciate--gradually--the wonderful quiet the snowy day has to offer. Their tranquility is slightly interrupted, however, as neighbor Bert continuously practices his dramatic cymbal solo next door. Each chapter builds to the night's grand musical event, and the projected percussion finale provides a tender surprise to the wintry day's conclusion. Howe's text fully suits newly independent readers, while Gay's dreamy watercolor, pencil and collage illustrations thoroughly set the stage for the snowy setting. These endearing characters shine in this gentle and reflective read. (Early reader. 5-8) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Emergent readers will enjoy the latest outing featuring this appealing cat-and-dog friendship. The first winter storm finds the duo snowed in while preparing for the evening's community concert. Houndsley loves the quiet time, while Catina is hopping mad that she is stuck inside. Finally, neighbors shovel them out and the concert takes place after all. Gay's delicate watercolors capture the delight of a wintry day, and Howe's on-target portrayal of friends who get along despite bumps along the way make this special.--Williams, Bina Copyright 2008 Booklist