Tally Cat Keeps Track

From the Series Math Is Fun!

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Tally McNally is an alley cat who loves to tally! He keeps track of all sorts of contests—who wins the most races, who is the tallest, who can climb the most trees, and more. When the results are counted up, Tally is always the winner.

One rainy day, Tally competes to become the “wettest cat.” But he goes too far and gets into a jam. Will his friends—who lose to him tally after tally—find a way to save him?

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2010-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.3
Text Type Informational Fiction
BISACS JUV009030, JUV032040, JUV039060
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 570
Guided Reading Level L
ATOS Reading Level 3.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 137475
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Trudy Harris

Trudy Harris writes books that both educate and entertain. She has written a number of successful math concept books, including: Pattern Bugs, 20 Hungry Piggies, Jenny Found a Penny, The Clock Struck One, and Tally Cat Keeps Track. Trudy loves reading picture books to her grandchildren and to her elementary students in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Illustrator: Andrew N. Harris

Andrew N. Harris is the illustrator of eight children's books including: 20 Hungry Piggies: A Number Book (2007) and Tally Cat Keeps Track (2010) by Trudy Harris, and the Body Battles (2009) series by Vicki Cobb. In addition to a B.F.A. in illustrating from Art Center College of Design, Andrew has an Associate's Degree from Brigham Young University Idaho. Andrew lives in Rigby, Idaho, with his wife and three children.


Kirkus Reviews

“Trudy Harris’s rhyming verses have a kind of jazzy beat that fits with the alley cats. Andrew N. Harris’s illustrations anthropomorphize his subjects, clothing them and giving them eyebrows and human-like eyes—both of which get a lot of use, especially when it comes to the other cats’ putting up with the fraudulent tallies. Backmatter teaches readers how to use tally marks to count objects. Math and a lesson in friendship rolled into one.” —Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“This concept book would work equally well in the classroom or at storytime.” —School Library Journal