Come Back Cat

The few words and large text size with repetition makes is very suitable for building confidence and keeping attention spans with early readers.

Illustrated by Karen Lilje, Written by Nicola Rijsdijk, Designed by Sam Scarborough

Text and  Images from Come Back Cat

Come back, cat! Play with me.

Sit in your basket. Stay right here!

Come back, cat! Don’t go outside.

Come back, cat! That’s not yours.

Come back, cat. That’s not your friend!

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Comments 1

  • Risa writes:
    A good one for cat lovers.. good for preschoolers who learn to read, too

    darius writes:
    very easy book to read for a toddler

    Dania writes:
    For me, this is a important a beautiful topic, because is independent, it show us how the children can be.

    Olivia writes:
    This book was really good because It was filled with many easy expressions.

    Lolita writes:
    this book was funny and cute. I’ve read it with my mother. Lolita 🙂

    Miss N writes:
    Great for kids 5 and below. Really nicely illustrated.

    Karla writes:
    It’s just what I was looking, perfect story to read with my kids!


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