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I See a Cat

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  392 ratings  ·  139 reviews
A dog barks at everything he loves--a cat, a squirrel, and his favorite boy! This Level A book is perfect for new readers.

I see a cat. I see a bird. I see a fly.

Easy-to-read text and fun pictures follow a dog through his happy day. Sitting inside his house, the dog watches other animals pass by the glass door . . . until his beloved boy comes home, and the two pals das
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Holiday House
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This is more of a 3.5 star title. I bumped it up since it did get a Geisel Honor award. It is for the earliest reader so the vocabulary is limited which limits the story. However, the author limited the vocabulary much more than needed. He used the same line with the exception of the last word for the whole book. Now "Ball" was able to carry this concept off ( a ball fetching obsessed dog) but Meisel doesn't do as good a job of it. Watching the illustrations you realize that the dog is waiting t ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was perfect for my very-beginning reader, and it made him laugh, too!
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great for my 4 yr old to read by himself. Very easy to read and repetitive words.
I See a Cat by Paul Meisel
Who all has animals at home? (class answers) Cats and dogs are a big part of a lot of families. I know that I have both a cat and a dog. As everyone knows, dogs like to chase cats. Does anyone have a dog that always barks at cats outside? (class answers) My dog still chases my cat and she hides from her under the couch. Dogs are very playful and cats do not like to be bothered by them. As we read you will see everything the dog sees and how he reacts. Notice his reactio
La Coccinelle
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
This book may be perfect for new readers... but it's probably not going to appeal to anyone else. It's literally just a dog seeing stuff around him and occasionally barking his head off. Kids may feel accomplished when they finish reading this book all by themselves, but they're probably not going to be very satisfied by the story. I actually kept trying to turn the pages on my e-book copy when I got to the end because I thought there must've been more! It just ends. That's all, folks!

The illust
Madeline Sappington
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Summary: I See a Cat tells the easy-to-read story of a dog & what he sees at the window of his home’s back door.
• Genre: Picture Book
• Awards: Geisel Honor Book
• Audience: Kindergarten – 1st grade
A. This picture book is worthy of the Geisel award because its illustrations depict sound, motion, & emotion in an engaging way.
B. Meisel uses line to depict both sound & motion in his book – all of his pictures come to life with the text.
C. I would use this book as a resource to teach a ne
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully simple easy reader done my favorite way: the reader needs both the text AND the illustrations to understand the whole story!
Chloe Kessler
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A dog narrates all the things he sees pass by his window.
This is an easy-to-read book because the language is very simple and repetitive. The artist uses small lines to convey the dog’s movement and sounds, which adds a lot of life to the illustrations. I think this book would be good for helping a child practice basic reading skills.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Meisel, Paul. I See a Cat, PICTURE BOOK. Holiday House, 2017. $14.95.

The book recounts the day of a dog and shows us everything he sees. He sees bees, mice, and what’s that… A SQUIRREL. He sees a fly, a boy… AND A SQUIRREL. The boy finally takes him on a walk so that he can chase the squirrel to his heart’s content. This is a basic early reading book. It will be great for learning a few new words such as “see” which is repeated over and over. Kids will find the distraction of the squirrel amus
Teresa Bateman
Dog is inside, next to a glass door. He sees a cat, a bird, a fly, mice...all with little reaction. Seeing a squirrel, however, sets him off. When his boy comes home he is also excited, especially when that means he gets to go outside and chase the squirrel. This is a very very simple book--Level A for guided reading. Sentences contain only 3 or 4 words, with the stem words remaining the same. It's Paul Meisel's adorable and true-to-life illustrations and sense of humor that sets the book apart. ...more
Megan Garrison
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Pay attention to the end papers in this book for beginning readers since that cat has nothing to worry about now that the dog sees a squirrel. From inside the house where it lives with its humans, the dog watches various critters pass by. Not only does he see a cat, a bird, a fly, mice, and a bee, but that squirrel catches his attention and causes frantic movement and parking. Once his boy arrives back home, presumably from a long day at school, the dog heads outside for some fun, immediately ch ...more
Lisa Edwards
I thought this book was really cute and it aligned with reality very well. It is said that mans' best friend is a dog and I am sure if a dog could reply, they would reciprocate that statement that man is their best friend. Animals just want to be loved and engage with their owners regardless of where it happens or what they would do. However, if they could have a choice, it would involve being outside I am sure. I believe human acknowledgement and companionship are what they strive for. It is un ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it

I See a Cat, is a children's fiction picture book. The book is majority pictures and few words. On each page of the story, the dog sees something different such as a cat, a bird, a fly, a boy etc. The book is very repetitive because it is made for a young reader who is just learning how to read.


This book had beautiful illustrations. On each page, it shows the dog looking differently at each thing the dog sees. For example, when the dog sees the cat he gets really excited. The
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fiction (Easy-to-read)

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Nominee (2018)

Written for Pre-K and kindergarten

1. How do you know this book fits in the specific category
This book fits the east-to-read category because the words being used in this book are very simple and repetitive.

2. Describe one of the visual elements of the book and how the illustrator used the element to contribute to the story
The different lines throughout this book make the action of the dog really pop. The way
Claire Tate
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Genre: Easy-to-read Picture Book
Award: Geisel award
Audience: pre-k
A. I know that this book fits this category because it is a Geisel award winning book and the words on each page are manageable for an early reader to be able to read. There is a repetitive pattern where students can follow along easily.
B. The use of color in this book stood out to me as a reader. The dog was a bright orangish and the background was a light color that lightened the mood. The illustrator uses bright colors to grab
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Within the story I see a cat it is a very early readers book that exemplifies what a dog sees within his life starting with everyday items, this books is to help beginning readers read on their very own. I would implement this book directly in that manner for children whom are starting to read as well as figuring out what words look like. Even though they are everyday items that they know seeing the words laid out on the page gives them a sense on how to read what they already know. They get to ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I See a Cat is a story about a dog who is looking out the window at all of these different animals that are in his yard. He sees all different types of animals until finally he sees a boy. The boy lets him out and plays with him.
This picture book is a very simple read. I think the pictures do a wonderful job to extend the plot. Because the words are very limited, they don’t go into much detail. The pictures show all of the dog’s expressions which help us to understand how he feels about these a
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book is such a cute book for late kindergarten or early first grade children. The story is told from the point of view of a dog sitting at home looking out the back door to see what's going on in the backyard. The text is very repetitive, which allows children to anticipate the beginning words of the sentence on each page. The illustrations match the words perfectly too, which allows the children to make guesses at the last word in the sentence on each page. Since the words are so simplisti ...more
Reece Rada
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 21-30
I See a Cat by Paul Meisel is a beginner book about a dog watching out a window, discovering all kinds of things outside. As the story progresses, the dog becomes more and more excited about the things he sees. This book is easy to read for level A readers and includes detailed illustrations for students to help follow the story.
I like this book because of its repetition of words. For example, the pattern of the sentences say "I see a ____.' By repeating the same sentence format, students can ge
Edward Sojuwa
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Rare kids book (they say, though I'm sure they mean well) by Seuss Award Winner Paul Meisel, that has a look at the world thru the eyes of a family dog, who sees things thru the big door window while inside, lying on a rug. He sees a cat, he sees a little bug, he definitely sees a squirrel. The squirrel kinda freaks him out a little, so he decides to see the squirrel again. Cos sometimes when something scares you, it's cool to peek at the scary thing again as a healthy way of facing fears. Somet ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Filled with bright illustrations of a cute sleepy family dog, this is a brilliantly simple first reader. As the day goes by, the dog describes what he sees on the other side of his glass door - "I see a cat"..."I see a bird." most of the two page spreads contain only a simple, three word statement. There is humor in the dogs reactions to the things he sees. He lifts his head for the cat....opens one eye for the bird...gets quite excited by a squirrel in his yard. The best reaction is when he see ...more
Taylor Meier
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I See a Cat is story about a dog who is stuck inside of the house. The dog is able to look outside the front door, and he see's many different animals. The dog sees a cat, a bird, a mouse, a bee, a fly, and a squirrel. The dog is saddened because it seems that all of the fun activities take place outside of the house where the dog is stuck in. When the dog notices a young child, he is very happy. The child opens the door and the dog quickly runs to chase the squirrel up the tree. This book is ve ...more
Tyler Wansack
I See A Cat is a very fun and bright book with wonderful pictures. The vocabulary and sentence structure in this book are very simple and repetitive which would make it easy for a child to learn how to read. The pictures in this book do a great job at showing the expressions of the dog which allows you to interpret the emotions on his face. By the dog being cooped up in the house all day can allow the child to learn about being patient, which then the dog is let outside when his owner comes home ...more
Joseph Riordan
I See a Cat by Paul Meisel is a early reader’s book that tells the story of a dog as they see various other things. My favorite was when the dog see the squirrel, I think most dog owners can relate to that page.
I See a Cat is a great book for the early reader. Paul Meisel does a good job writing this book for the intended audience. The vocabulary is simple and reinforced by the pictures. It really is what you would expect from a book for children who are just learning to read. I could be a goo
Alicia Peterson
I See a Cat in my personal opinion is a simple book that is great for beginning readers, but is not one that I would personally use. I did not understand the story line, and the cat only appeared in the book once. I understood that the book was about the dog being able to see what is outside, but I thought that it was a little silly.

In an analytical point of view, it is a great book for beginning readers in which has repeating sight words, and multiple animals that kids usually have had access
Samantha Marapese
The book, "I see a Cat", is a very short yet easy book for beginning readers. The book contains many small sight words that beginning readers would be learning, so this book is very useful in practicing said sight words. This book is about a dog seeing multiple different animals throughout the day. Therefore, this book is also very helpful in helping kids acquire the difference's between many animals and humans. I found this to be a book that is very educational and very easy for those who are b ...more
Hollie Sharpton
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beginning readers book that consist of the words "I see a ___" on every page. On every page, the only word that changes is the last word and it is an animal word.

This is a great beginning readers book. I think it is a good book for students to get use to seeing the phrase "I see a." I also think it had great illustrations of the animals and would be a good book for kindergarten students.

Teaching Idea:
I would use this for a kindergarten classroom or for beginning
Anay Avena
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
As a fan of dogs, I enjoyed reading "I See a Cat" because of the illustrations that make the dog the main focus through the colouring and shading. It gives a fun and playful idea of what a child can possibly think happens when a dog is on their own. The perspective is through a dog and what the dog sees throughout the day. This book for me does put a stereotype of what a dog should do and things they will like to play with. Even though that is how many dogs are realistically not every dog has th ...more
Primavera Olivia
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: exploring-geisel
This book was just okay. It would be a really easy book to read for young ages, but I did not find it to be very interesting. The pictures were fun to look at, but other than that, I did not find anything really exciting about this book. This would be a good book for early learning on sight words, but I feel as if the book would not keep the child engaged. I can think of multiple other picture books that are both an easy read as well as entertaining. Nothing really happened in this book that wou ...more
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