Hard Hat Cat!

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Of all the stray cats in Israel, a kitten sits high in a tree above girders, beams, cement mixers and cranes. Avi wants to adopt the friendly kitten although his mom—and the family dog— don’t like the idea. But every day the clever cat comes back, becoming a family’s “forever cat”!

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2020-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV030110, JUV002050
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 490
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed

Author: Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh

Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh regularly writes for National Geographic KIDS. Her many books include Hard Hat Cat, Kol Hakavod: Way to Go!, A Hoopoe says Oop!, Rah! Rah! Mujadara, Can You Hear a Coo, Coo? and Listen! Israel's All Around. She is also a lyricist for pop songs, advertisements and motion pictures. She lives in Burbank, California.

Illustrator: Maxine Lee

Maxine Lee has illustrated projects from jigsaw puzzles to picture dictionaries. Her inspiration comes from many people, places and things but has deep roots in children's books and pop culture. Maxine lives in Liverpool, England, with her dogs.


San Diego Jewish World

“A happy surprise ends this fun story of caring and friendship.” — Marcia Berneger, San Diego Jewish World

Jewish Book Council

“This sim­ple pic­ture book about a young Israeli boy who feeds a stray kit­ten near a con­struc­tion site address­es a uni­ver­sal theme but has an authen­tic Israeli fla­vor.” — Michel Hoschander Malen, Jewish Book Council

Sydney Taylor Shmooze

“Hard Hat Cat makes an excellent read-aloud for families with children in a range of ages.” — Mirele Kessous, Certified Librarian, Sydney Taylor Shmooze Blog

AJL Newsletter

“The lively, poetic language, sprinkled with Hebrew words (glossary included), and the cheerful illustrations portraying life in an Israeli neighborhood combine to make this a delightful tale.” — Martha McMahon, Sinai Akiba Academy, Los Angeles

A Journey To A Promised Land Which Flows With Milk and Honey

“This is a fictionalized version of something true that happened in the author’s life, where a kitten found her and some other people.” — Jill Harris


“This story would be an easy way to tie a storytime about cats and construction vehicles together.” — Eny Calvert, Fremont PL, BayViews