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Ages: 5 to 7

Houndsley and Catina: Plink and Plunk

by James Howe

Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

Candlewick Press 2010

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

In the best tradition of first chapter books like Henry and Mudge, Frog and Toad, and Mr. Putter and Tabby, Houndsley the dog and Catina the cat are special friends who love to ride bikes and ride in a boat. But they have a dilemma: Houndsley doesn't ride a bike, and Catina is afraid of water because she can't swim. Luckily, their bird friend helps them solve the puzzle.

In delicate, exquisite language, this book is a perfect chapter book about sharing and friendship.