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{"id":8599200455,"title":"Lola Gets a Cat","handle":"lola-gets-a-cat","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/anna-mcquinn\" title=\"Anna McQuinn bio\"\u003eAnna McQuinn\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/rosalind-beardshaw\" title=\"Rosalind Beardshaw bio\"\u003eRosalind Beardshaw\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eLola loves cats!\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLola wants a cat, but Mommy says taking care of a pet is a lot of work. So Lola does her homework. At the library she finds books about cats and pet care and she and Mommy learn as much as they can. She pretends her stuffed kitty is real and practices taking care of it. When the time comes, Lola is allowed to pick out her new friend at an animal shelter. With patience and care, her kitten settles in at home.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLola is a book-loving favorite, and this delightful story is a new treasure in the series.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Lola at the Library\" href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/lola-at-the-library\"\u003eLola at the Library\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Lola Loves Stories\" href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/lola-loves-stories\"\u003eLola Loves Stories\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Lola Reads to Leo\" href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/lola-reads-to-leo\"\u003eLola Reads to Leo\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Lola Plants a Garden\" href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/lola-plants-a-garden\"\u003eLola Plants a Garden\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/lola-gets-a-cat-spread.jpg?5352667514133820560\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAnna McQuinn, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnna McQuinn has worked in children's books for more than twenty-five years as an editor, publisher, and writer. She is the author of more than twenty books for children, including Lola at the Library, Lola Loves Stories, Lola Reads to Leo, The Sleep Sheep (Scholastic), and If You're Happy and You Know It! (Barefoot). Anna leads groups like Leo's at her local library.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/anna-mcquinn\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Anna McQuinn bio\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Anna McQuinn.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRosalind Beardshaw, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRosalind Beardshaw loved drawing from early childhood and from a young age decided she wanted to become an illustrator. She studied at Manchester Polytechnic where she earned a degree in illustration.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/rosalind-beardshaw\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Rosalind Beardshaw bio\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Rosalind Beardshaw.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMcQuinn and Beardshaw's (\u003ci\u003eLeo Can Swim\u003c\/i\u003e, 2016, etc.) adorable, black preschool heroine, Lola, is back for another turn. Lola loves cats, as is evident by her bedroom full of plush cat dolls and feline artwork, but what Lola desires most of all is a real-life cat to call her own. Mommy is hesitant, warning that \"looking after a cat is a lot of work,\" but when Lola proves she is up to the task, Mommy relents and accompanies Lola to the animal shelter to select a kitten to rescue. \"Before Lola can decide, one little cat chooses her!\" Many readers will surely appreciate the plotline of shelter-animal pet adoption. Once their home is prepared, Lola and Mommy bring the kitten home, where Lola dubs her Makeda after \"an African queen.\" Throughout, Beardshaw's signature bright acrylic illustrations with soft edges pop with youthful exuberance. Details such as Lola's simple care chart may even serve as inspiration for other young aspiring pet owners. The simple text makes this a suitable story for sharing one-on-one or in a small group or for beginning readers to pursue independently. This sweet story of first-time pet ownership is sure to appeal to young animal lovers of all kinds and especially to feline fanciers.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLola loves cats. She loves them so much that she wants one for a pet. Her sensible mother informs her that taking care of a pet is a lot of work. Lola goes to the library and takes out books so she and her mother can read about cats. She learns how to care for them and discovers some interesting feline traits. Lola practices on her stuffed cat Dinah to help her prepare for a pet. She is determined to show her parents that she’s responsible enough to have one. Eventually, her mother agrees, and they begin to explore the process of adopting a cat. This isn’t just a sweet story about a little girl working hard to get a pet. It’s also about responsibility. Lola learns how to make the best life for the cat she will bring home. Children can see how gentle she is with her timid kitten, Makeda. She’s attentive and patient when she brings her pet home, and she takes good care of Makeda by feeding, caring for, and loving her. Lola is a cute and lovable character to whom children can relate. The illustrations are large and vibrant. The text is sizable but not obtrusive. 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Reading Literature. Grade K. Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10\u003cbr\u003eEnglish Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 1. 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So Lola does her homework. At the library she finds books about cats and pet care and she and Mommy learn as much as they can. She pretends her stuffed kitty is real and practices taking care of it. When the time comes, Lola is allowed to pick out her new friend at an animal shelter. With patience and care, her kitten settles in at home.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLola is a book-loving favorite, and this delightful story is a new treasure in the series.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Lola at the Library\" href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/lola-at-the-library\"\u003eLola at the Library\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Lola Loves Stories\" href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/lola-loves-stories\"\u003eLola Loves Stories\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Lola Reads to Leo\" href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/lola-reads-to-leo\"\u003eLola Reads to Leo\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Lola Plants a Garden\" href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/lola-plants-a-garden\"\u003eLola Plants a Garden\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/lola-gets-a-cat-spread.jpg?5352667514133820560\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAnna McQuinn, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnna McQuinn has worked in children's books for more than twenty-five years as an editor, publisher, and writer. She is the author of more than twenty books for children, including Lola at the Library, Lola Loves Stories, Lola Reads to Leo, The Sleep Sheep (Scholastic), and If You're Happy and You Know It! (Barefoot). Anna leads groups like Leo's at her local library.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/anna-mcquinn\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Anna McQuinn bio\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Anna McQuinn.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRosalind Beardshaw, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRosalind Beardshaw loved drawing from early childhood and from a young age decided she wanted to become an illustrator. She studied at Manchester Polytechnic where she earned a degree in illustration.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/rosalind-beardshaw\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Rosalind Beardshaw bio\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Rosalind Beardshaw.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMcQuinn and Beardshaw's (\u003ci\u003eLeo Can Swim\u003c\/i\u003e, 2016, etc.) adorable, black preschool heroine, Lola, is back for another turn. Lola loves cats, as is evident by her bedroom full of plush cat dolls and feline artwork, but what Lola desires most of all is a real-life cat to call her own. Mommy is hesitant, warning that \"looking after a cat is a lot of work,\" but when Lola proves she is up to the task, Mommy relents and accompanies Lola to the animal shelter to select a kitten to rescue. \"Before Lola can decide, one little cat chooses her!\" Many readers will surely appreciate the plotline of shelter-animal pet adoption. Once their home is prepared, Lola and Mommy bring the kitten home, where Lola dubs her Makeda after \"an African queen.\" Throughout, Beardshaw's signature bright acrylic illustrations with soft edges pop with youthful exuberance. Details such as Lola's simple care chart may even serve as inspiration for other young aspiring pet owners. The simple text makes this a suitable story for sharing one-on-one or in a small group or for beginning readers to pursue independently. This sweet story of first-time pet ownership is sure to appeal to young animal lovers of all kinds and especially to feline fanciers.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLola loves cats. She loves them so much that she wants one for a pet. Her sensible mother informs her that taking care of a pet is a lot of work. Lola goes to the library and takes out books so she and her mother can read about cats. She learns how to care for them and discovers some interesting feline traits. Lola practices on her stuffed cat Dinah to help her prepare for a pet. She is determined to show her parents that she’s responsible enough to have one. Eventually, her mother agrees, and they begin to explore the process of adopting a cat. This isn’t just a sweet story about a little girl working hard to get a pet. It’s also about responsibility. Lola learns how to make the best life for the cat she will bring home. Children can see how gentle she is with her timid kitten, Makeda. She’s attentive and patient when she brings her pet home, and she takes good care of Makeda by feeding, caring for, and loving her. Lola is a cute and lovable character to whom children can relate. The illustrations are large and vibrant. The text is sizable but not obtrusive. 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Lola Gets a Cat

By: Anna McQuinn / Illustrated by: Rosalind Beardshaw

Lola loves cats!

Lola wants a cat, but Mommy says taking care of a pet is a lot of work. So Lola does her homework. At the library she finds books about cats and pet care and she and Mommy learn as much as they can. She pretends her stuffed kitty is real and practices taking care of it. When the time comes, Lola is allowed to pick out her new friend at an animal shelter. With patience and care, her kitten settles in at home.

Lola is a book-loving favorite, and this delightful story is a new treasure in the series.

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Anna McQuinn, author

Anna McQuinn has worked in children's books for more than twenty-five years as an editor, publisher, and writer. She is the author of more than twenty books for children, including Lola at the Library, Lola Loves Stories, Lola Reads to Leo, The Sleep Sheep (Scholastic), and If You're Happy and You Know It! (Barefoot). Anna leads groups like Leo's at her local library.

Read more about Anna McQuinn.


Rosalind Beardshaw, illustrator

Rosalind Beardshaw loved drawing from early childhood and from a young age decided she wanted to become an illustrator. She studied at Manchester Polytechnic where she earned a degree in illustration.

Read more about Rosalind Beardshaw.

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Kirkus Reviews

McQuinn and Beardshaw's (Leo Can Swim, 2016, etc.) adorable, black preschool heroine, Lola, is back for another turn. Lola loves cats, as is evident by her bedroom full of plush cat dolls and feline artwork, but what Lola desires most of all is a real-life cat to call her own. Mommy is hesitant, warning that "looking after a cat is a lot of work," but when Lola proves she is up to the task, Mommy relents and accompanies Lola to the animal shelter to select a kitten to rescue. "Before Lola can decide, one little cat chooses her!" Many readers will surely appreciate the plotline of shelter-animal pet adoption. Once their home is prepared, Lola and Mommy bring the kitten home, where Lola dubs her Makeda after "an African queen." Throughout, Beardshaw's signature bright acrylic illustrations with soft edges pop with youthful exuberance. Details such as Lola's simple care chart may even serve as inspiration for other young aspiring pet owners. The simple text makes this a suitable story for sharing one-on-one or in a small group or for beginning readers to pursue independently. This sweet story of first-time pet ownership is sure to appeal to young animal lovers of all kinds and especially to feline fanciers.

School Library Journal

Lola loves cats. She loves them so much that she wants one for a pet. Her sensible mother informs her that taking care of a pet is a lot of work. Lola goes to the library and takes out books so she and her mother can read about cats. She learns how to care for them and discovers some interesting feline traits. Lola practices on her stuffed cat Dinah to help her prepare for a pet. She is determined to show her parents that she’s responsible enough to have one. Eventually, her mother agrees, and they begin to explore the process of adopting a cat. This isn’t just a sweet story about a little girl working hard to get a pet. It’s also about responsibility. Lola learns how to make the best life for the cat she will bring home. Children can see how gentle she is with her timid kitten, Makeda. She’s attentive and patient when she brings her pet home, and she takes good care of Makeda by feeding, caring for, and loving her. Lola is a cute and lovable character to whom children can relate. The illustrations are large and vibrant. The text is sizable but not obtrusive. VERDICT A solid introduction to pet ownership, probably best shared one-on-one.

Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-58089-736-5

Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-58089-845-4

E-book
ISBN: 978-1-63289-569-1 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-63289-570-7 PDF
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Ages: 2-5
Page count: 28
8 3/8 x 9 5/8

Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade K. Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 1. Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10