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Farmer Smart's Fat Cat
Farmer Boast lives next door to Farmer Bluster, who lives next door to Farmer Smart. Each thinks his cornfield is the best -until the mice move in! Farmer Boast and Farmer Bluster make bumbling attempts to drive out the mice, but only Farmer Smart has the purr-fect solution. The hilarious dialogue and zany illustrations will keep kids laughing right up until the surprising ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Chronicle Books
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Now that Leonie's in Grade 00, they get to have a "Library Day". All the children bring the books they had the week before and put them on the carpet and each week they get to bring a 'new' book home. This was one of Leonie's first ones: A really cute little story about how a farmer's crops are saved thanks to a cat that comes and gobbles up all the mice. The reason it's so vErY FAT is that it has some kittens. These are sold to the farmer's neighbours and they, too, can do something about the d ...more
A very cute and funny book! Three rival farmers all thinking their farm is the best. But when mice start eating only corn from two of the farmers fields they wonder what secret the third farmer has up his sleeve. This story is filled with humorous dialogue between the farmers and amusing comments by the mice. The illustrations only add more to the story with comical drawings such as the farmers and the mouse traps they invent. Although this story may not be one to teach a lesson, sometimes that ...more
Apr 08, 2011 Becca rated it it was ok
Farmer Smart's Fat Cat portrays a lot of jealousy and rivalry. There is not much to teach from this cute and humorous story, but the outcome is quite realistic. The farmers get what they each want, and think of themselves as the best again. It is a funny way to show modesty and jealousy altogether. I would read this book to 2nd grade and below, probably.
A story with a theme that could work for any age. As innovative and brilliant and (unnecessarily complex) a solution that you can devise can often be usurped by the simplest answer. In this case, two farmers compete to build elaborate mousetrap to protect their crops. The "Smart" farmer gets a fat cat. Guess which is the most effective...
The storyline of this book was good, but I found it distracting all the little comments throughout ... maybe it would be good for children who can read themselves, but it distracts from the story when you are reading aloud.