Hard Hat Cat!
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”!
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
|Genre||Picture Books, Social Studies|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®|
|Number of Pages||24|
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.
“A happy surprise ends this fun story of caring and friendship.” — Marcia Berneger, San Diego Jewish World
“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
“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
“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
“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