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Ebook Hi, Cat! by Ezra Jack Keats read! Book Title: Hi, Cat!
Date of issue: June 1st 1999
ISBN: 0670885460
ISBN 13: 9780670885466
The author of the book: Ezra Jack Keats
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 695 KB
Edition: Viking Books for Young Readers

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Like most of Keats' books, this is less of a STORY story than just a retelling of a kid's day. I think that's what makes them so good, actually - they're very realistic.

So Archie is walking to play with the other kids, and he casually says "Hi" to a random cat. And the cat follows him. Archie goofs off for a bit, pretending that he has a beard instead of a popsicle stain on his chin, and that he's a monster in a giant paper bag (the cat ruins that by climbing around inside), and that the dog Willie is really very tall (the cat ruins that by hopping on the fence so Willie chases him). Actually, everything goes wrong because of the cat, as his friend notes! But Archie isn't so sure.

When he gets home, he tells the whole story to his mother, who thinks it's good that the cat left. What a pain! But we can see the whole scene - as Archie tells his mother that he thinks the cat just kinda of liked him, we can see the cat sitting on the stoop. Hee :)

There's not much that really happens in the story. There's no moral message, there's no zany slapstick humor, there's none of... any of that. It's just a simple story about a kid being a kid. You definitely want this (and most of Keats' books, for that matter) on your bookcase. Some 40 years after they were first published, and they're just as great now as they were then.

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Long before multicultural characters and themes were fashionable, Ezra Jack Keats crossed social boundaries by being the first American picture-book maker to give the black child a central place in children’s literature.

In the books that Keats wrote and illustrated, he used his special artistic techniques to portray his subjects in a unique manner. One of these was his blending of gouache with collage. Gouache is an opaque watercolor mixed with a gum that produces an oil-like glaze.

The characters in Keats’ books come from the community around him. Many of his stories illustrate family life, the simple pleasures and more complex problems, that a child often encounters in his daily routine. To create his books, Keats drew upon his own childhood experiences, from having to flee from bullies to taking a ribbing from his pals for liking girls. But these are also the experiences of almost all children growing up in neighborhoods and communities in many parts of the world. This commonality explains the continuing popularity of Keats’ books and characters.

By the time of Keats’ death following a heart attack in 1983, Keats had illustrated over eighty-five books for children, and written and illustrated twenty-four children’s classics.

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