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Children's Fiction Seasons

Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time

Candlewick Sparks

by (author) James Howe

illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

Publisher
Candlewick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2013
Category
Seasons, Intermediate, Friendship
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780763668631
    Publish Date
    Sep 2013
    List Price
    $6.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780763645335
    Publish Date
    Oct 2009
    List Price
    $6
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780763633844
    Publish Date
    Sep 2008
    List Price
    $22.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4

Description

“Fully suits newly independent readers.” — Kirkus Reviews

The first snow of winter has fallen, and Houndsley is very happy, as he loves the quiet time. Catina does not like the quiet time, however, and she does not enjoy being snowed in. What about all her plans for the day? What if their evening concert has to be canceled? With a bit of pretending, a few books and board games, a flourish of creativity, and some time to dream, Houndsley helps Catina let go of her worries and enjoy the snowy day, wherever it might take them.

Candlewick Sparks are perfect for the newly independent reader:
* Award-winning stories by top authors & illustrators
* Short, engaging chapters
* Vibrant illustrations
* Welcoming design
* Rich vocabulary

About the authors

James Howe's profile page

MARIE-LOUISE GAY has achieved international acclaim as an author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Any Questions? and Short Stories for Little Monsters. She lives in Montreal. marielouisegay.com

Marie-Louise Gay's profile page

Editorial Reviews

Gentle, whimsical humor.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

These endearing characters shine in this gentle and reflective read.
—Kirkus Reviews

Delicate watercolors capture the delight of a wintry day, and Howe’s on-target portrayal of friends who get along despite bumps along the way make this special.
—Booklist

Read this with a beginning reader before that first beautiful and sometimes frustrating snow day.
—Chicago Tribune

A good book for a child beginning to read chapter books and has some good ideas for activities for children stuck indoors.
—San Antonio ExpressNews

Watercolor vignettes of cozy domestic interiors give way to expansive snowy vistas... third entry in a series that calls to mind the enduring friendship between Arnold Lobel’s famous Frog and Toad
—Washington Post

Gentle story…watercolor vignettes…third entry in a series that calls to mind the enduring friendship between Arnold Lobel’s famous Frog and Toad.
—Washington Post Book World

Watercolor illustrations beautifully complement the story’s peaceful mood. This book reminds kids and parents alike of the joy to be found in quietly dreaming.
—Washington Parent

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