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Author: James Howe   Illustrator: Marie-Louise Gay   Narrator: Peter Pamela Rose

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    ISBN: 9781430103073
    Release Date: 02/28/2009
    Grades: Pre - 2
    Reading Level: 2.8
    Length:  13 Min 05 Sec

    Audio File
    Houndsley&Catina Birthday CD
    ISBN: 9781430103035


    Houndsley worries that he has made his friend Catina sad by admitting that he doesn't know when his birthday is and reminding her that she doesn't know hers either.


    Review by: School Library Journal - February 1, 2010
    "Houndsley (a dog) and Catina (a cat) are both sad. They are not unhappy about the rainy weather or the old sweaters with holes. Houndsley is sad because he doesn't know when his birthday is, and Catina confesses that she doesn't know the date of her birthday either. But it's long before they find a way to cheer each other up -Catina arranges a birthday party for her friend, and Houndlsey surprises Catina with a cake. Narrator Peter Pamela Rose is enthusiastic, giving unique voices to the characters in James Howe's story (Candlewick, 2006). Soft music and other background sounds enhance the listening experience. Page-turn signals are optional. Marie-Louise Gay's water-color, pencil, and collage artwork adds to the charming story. Children will enjoy the adventures of these furry friends."
    Review by: AudioFile Magazine - June 1, 2009
    "When highly sensitive friends-a charming cat and a thoughtful dog-need a narrator capable of expressing each nuance of feeling, they have a champion in Peter Pamela Rose. Houndsley's sadness brings drawn-out words and long pauses; Catina's helpful overtures result in long moments of trembling self-doubt. Ebullient friend Bert, whom Rose voices with high-pitched excitement, provides a striking contrast. As the two main characters each solve the problem of bringing joy to the other, Rose judiciously paces the story's rising suspense and excitement. Background sound effects authenticate the adventure."


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