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First Chapters: It’s the Cat’s Meow!

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This week our First Chapters book will be The Cat’s Meow by Herman Parish.  This fun and funny early readers chapter book is the second installment in the Amelia Bedelia and Friends series, which depicts the beloved title character during her elementary school years.  In The Cat’s Meow, Amelia and her friends rescue a kitten trapped high in a tree, and then must find the kitten a home. It sounds simple, but as we all know—nothing is ever simple with Amelia Bedelia!

Materials and instructions for the kitten craft featured below are available from the library.  Please call 330.259.3399 to request craft materials and other items from curbside pickup.

Call the Storyline at 330.259.3394 to hear the first chapter of The Cat’s Meow.  Check back to hear a new book’s first chapter every week!

The Amelia Bedelia and Friends series, books 1-3, is available in digital format through both Hoopla and the Libby app from Overdrive.   You can also request The Cat’s Meow for curbside pickup.  And be sure to mark your calendars: Book 4, Paint the Town, will be released September 1, 2020.

You can find other Amelia Bedelia early chapter books in the Libby app right here!

You may also enjoy some of these read-alike series, all available as e-books through either Hoopla or Libby.

The Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows

The Zoey and Sassafras series by Asia Citro

The My Weirder School series by Dan Gutman

The Roscoe Riley Rules series by Katherine Applegate

For the Kitten Craftyou will need the following items:

Provided in your Make and Take craft kit from the library  (call 330-259-3399 to request)

  • One 5 x 9-inch piece of construction paper
  • Four 1 x 9-inch strips of construction paper

Items you will need at home

  • Markers or crayons
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • A ruler (optional)
  • Stickers, glitter, ribbon, and anything else you want to use for decorating—plus glue or a glue stick. (optional)


Step One: 

First, use your scissors to cut ears at one end of your 5 x 9-inch paper; see below*. Then, use the ruler and pencil to draw four lines on one side of your kitten.  The lines should be four inches long.

* Option: you could also cut out two triangles from another piece of paper, and glue them on to make the kitten’s ears 


Step Two:

Gently fold the paper over and use scissors to cut along the pencil lines.


Step Three:

Weave the strips of paper in and out of the cut lines, making any pattern that you choose.  When you are done weaving, cut off the extra paper that is hanging over the sides.


Step Four:

Time to decorate!  As you can see, I kept it simple and decorated mine with markers.   You can also kick it up a notch and use stickers, paint, glitter, paper cut-outs, or anything else you like.   Be creative and have fun!

I hope you enjoy this week’s book and craft!  Check back every Monday throughout Summer Discovery to see what’s new.