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Rat-a-tat-tat! I’ve Lost My Cat! is a picture story book written by renowned literacy scholar Denny Taylor to entertain and be great fun for children learning to read. When read aloud the story hums, and the rhythm of the highly predictable text makes it easy for children to read. The paintings of the charismatic characters and the irresistible cats are bold and brilliantly painted by the acclaimed conceptual artist, Shelton Walsmith.

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Rat-a-tat-tat! I've Lost My Cat! How Little Kids Become Great Readers
 
How Little Kids Become Great Readers
 
Give little kids great books and they will become great readers. Give little kids workbooks and make them take tests and they will avoid reading at all costs.
 
In public school classrooms it is essential that teachers have the opportunity to engage young children in early literacy experiences that include books for beginning readers that captivate them.
 
Books for beginning readers should be literary and artistic. They should take kids to the imaginative and magical places in their minds where they learn how intriguing it can be to read a book. For beginning readers it is important that in these mindful places the meanings of words are intricately linked with the patterns of the sentences that appear on the page.
 
Equally important is the relationships that are built between the text and the images that appear on the page. The illustrations must demonstrate the story being told with the plot advancing from one page to the next as the language that is used and the pictures are intricately linked like a delicious jellyroll.
 
The artwork should be magnificent -- Rizzoli quality paintings, drawings, or photographs - which is not easy to accomplish given the price restrictions on books for little kids. Nevertheless, this is the challenge that should be undertaken if we really want young children to love to learn to read.
 
 
Rat-a-tat-tat! I've Lost My Cat! Is a Beginning Reader
 
And so at Garn Press we took up the challenge withRat-a-tat-tat! I've Lost My Cat! The story came first - the"Rat-a-tat-tat!" and "Whose that?" and "I've lost my cat!" and "Fancy that!"and the mystery of "That's not my cat!"
 
In Rat-a-tat-tat!I've Lost My Cat! words are repeated. Sentences are simple and straightforward. The story builds, the plot develops, and characters are added.
 
The relationships between the sounds of words and the ways they are represented is a key consideration: Rat-a-tat-tat, cat,that, Pat, Jack, Zack, Mack, and Anat.
 
Add grapho-phonic syncopation and page turning and the story and illustrations are not only linked but the rhythm of the text becomes so dynamic it could easily be accompanied by percussion instruments for a little kids marching band. 
 
 
The Rat-a-tat-tat Challenge to the Common Core
 
If any corporate education reformers would like to take the Rat-a-tat-tat challenge at Garn we would be pleased to accommodate them. At Garn we would stack Rat-a-tat-tat! I've Lost My Cat! up against an entire year of workbooks and test prep materials in encouraging young children to love reading and become enthusiastic "proficient" young readers.

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Denny Taylor believes learning to read can be joyful and fun, even for children who are struggling readers. In five decades of teaching she has never administered a test. She began teaching 5, 6, and 7 year olds in the East End of London in 1968. She has taught many children to read, and many beginning teachers how to teach reading. Taylor's books about children and reading include: Family Literacy (1983), Family Storybook Reading (1986), Growing Up Literate (1988); From the Child's Point of View (1993), Toxic Literacies (1996), Beginning to Read and the Spin Doctors of Science (1998), and Save Our Children, Save Our School, Pearson Broke the Golden Rule (2014), and the YA novel Rosie's Umbrella (2015). She is the recipient of the MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Award and has been nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. She was inducted into the IRA's Reading Hall of Fame in 2004.

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