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Houndsley and Catina Plink and Plunk (Houndsley and Catina #4)

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Houndsley loves to canoe. Catina loves to ride bikes. But when Houndsley takes Catina out canoeing, she chatters the whole time, drowning out the sounds Houndsley loves, like the call of birds or the plink and plunk of the paddles. And when Catina wants to go biking, Houndsley balks at going, even though Bert says he wants to come along. What is wrong with Catina? And what ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Candlewick
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Apr 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
I first heard about Houndsley and Catina in the best possible way. The way that's even better than librarian recommendations, blog reviews, or advanced reader galleys. A year or so ago I was sitting at my reference desk, minding my own business, when a child that couldn't have been much more than six years of age came up to me. "Do you have Houndsley and Catina?" Part of my training is meant to encourage me to avoid the-blank-stare. The-blank-stare is death to any reference question. I covered u ...more
Adrienne Furness
After reading the first chapter, I thought this one wasn't going to be as good as others in the series, but Mr. Howe gets me every time in the end.
Rosa Cline
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, spring, camping, 2016
This was a really nice storybook small chapter book about several friends recognizing each other's things they are scared of. Each friend didn't want to admit to being afraid of doing something but after they talked about it they each helped each other over their fears. Very nice book.
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
With the release of this fourth book of the award-winning Houndsley and Catina series, we find out more about some other friends that live in Houndsley and Catina's world, Bert and Mimi; the story, though, as always, is mostly focused on the friendship of Houndsley and Catina. By really listening to each other and being sensitive of the other's needs, the title pair is able to overcome any hurdles to their friendship that might ever arise, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

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Felicity The Magnificent
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In this book there was a bird named Bert. Bert's aunt was in the hospital. Bert was staying with her. Bert's aunt was named Aunt Martha. Houndsley gave some vegetables to Bert. Houndsley went canoeing with Bert at the lake every weekend, but because Bert was in the hospital with Aunt Martha, Houndsley went with Catina. Every time Houndsley went canoeing with Catina, she talked and talked and talked and talked and talked the whole way when they were canoeing. She talked because she didn't like wa ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
About first-second grade, lexile score 480L - Beginning reader

This book is really cute, about two friends who go on small everyday adventures together, like paddling a canoe and riding a bike. The watercolor illustrations are really sweet and add a lot of clues to the text. There is not too much text on the page, and each page is largely illustration.

I really like that this book, although filled with animal characters, is relatable for children. Houndsley is scared to ride a bike for the first
Jessie Bear
Two friends embark on outdoor activities, discovering the power of friendship through conquering fears and acquiring new skills. This heart-warming tale spans three chapters. Together, the story is stronger than if the chapters were read as a stand-alone, as the third chapter unites the first two and provides a satisfying resolution. The worries and new skills Houndsley and Catina deal with, swimming and riding a two-wheeled bicycle, are appropriately relevant to the target reading audience. The ...more
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was really cute. I really liked this book. It was all just a big misunderstanding. Houndsley and Catina were both not only being polite but being super nice to each other by not complaining. Catina knew Houndsley liked canoeing, so even though she was uncomfortable on the water, she still went along with him anyway because she knew it made him happy. Houndsley knew that Catina liked to ride her bike but he didn't know how to ride a bike but was being nice and doing what Catina wanted to do. ...more
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Once again, I am really impressed with these books. We've read three of the Houndsley and Catina stories and each time, I am wow'ed by the sensitivity, creativity and humor as well as by the engaging stories. Even the illustrations are soft and comforting. Three fairly separate stories come together in the end to depict the epitome of friendship and to also offer a moral lesson. In this case, I love that they help each other overcome a fear and also that they are both willing to be uncomfortable ...more
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-fiction
Friends Houndsley the dog and Catina the cat both have to face their fears in three stories in this fun beginning chapter book. In the first story the pair go canoeing, but Catina chatters incessantly and nearly ruins the trip for Houndsley--until the smooth ride turns bumpy, and Catina turns mute. The second and third stories revolve around the arrival of a new bicycle, and Houndsley's fears of riding. When both are brave enough to admit their fear, the friends help each other through. Cheerful ...more
Grady McCallie
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A nearly perfect children's book, at least from this adult's perspective. The three chapters stand alone, but also tell a story about friendship - appreciating one another's strengths, and learning how to help a friend overcome their weaknesses. The characters - Houndsley the dog, Catina the cat, Bert the stork, and Mimi the rabbit - are distinct and lovable. The illustrations, in watercolor, pencil, and collage, are funny and so lively that they seem almost animated - you know exactly how these ...more
Dec 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
I think we've found a new series that my early reader can sink her teeth into. She really liked this one. These little characters are quite playful and funny together.
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Superbly illustrated with three chapters that all relate, all about true friendship. I simply adore Houndsley, Catina and one can never forget Bert. Who wouldn't want to hear plink and plunk?
Apr 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: cat-related
Not our favorite H & C book, but we did enjoy it.
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Houndsley and Catina are best friends and help each other overcome fears in this sweet easy chapter book.
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-l-306
This is suited to 2nd-3rd graders as it contains a few chapters. The stories are about two friends, a dog and a cat who overcome their fears and struggles with the help of each other.
Apr 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: camp, character-trait
Another sweet Houndsley and Catina Story. The talk about their fears and things that annoy them. Again fun story and great for the fans of Henry and Mudge. Grades 1+
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