Delightful Picture Book Helps Children Discover the Joys of Reading

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Award-winning writter weaves a charming tale that will appeal to elementary school children and cat lovers everywhere

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Cats make great pets but not if they scratch anything and everything they can get their paws on. Award-winning writer Annette M. Alston tells of one such feline as she shares a charming picture book about Sheri Berry the Scritch Scratch Cat. This engaging tale is a warm and musical way to strike the heartstrings of elementary school children and cat lovers everywhere.

Sheri Berry the cat may be lovable and sweet but her favorite pastime is a bad habit that could cost her a home. She loves to scratch everything until Mrs. Berry can take no more of it and throws her outdoors. Fortunately, sad faces and tears prevail and a way is found to keep the house pet.

A delightful way to get young ones to start reading, Sheri Berry the Scritch Scratch Cat is a read-aloud book meant for elementary school children. Pre-K and K students may use it for phonemic awareness and rhyming opportunities; the book’s rich language can be used for students from grades 1, 2, and 3. Lessons on descriptive words and shades of words can be taught easily. It is also a good model for telling a personal experience in poem form.

Sheri Berry the Scritch Scratch Cat will be featured at the 2012 Florida Library Association Book Exhibit in Orlando, Fla. on April 18-20, 2012 and at the 2012 New Jersey Library Association Book Exhibit in Atlantic City, N.J. on June 5-6, 2012.

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About the Author
Annette Alston is an award winning writer and a twenty-three year veteran teacher with the Newark Public Schools.

About the Illustrator
Yasmin De Jesus is a Fine artist who is an NAACP ACT-SO participant. She was granted Gold place for painting and drawing in regional’s and a Silver for drawing nationally in 2009. She was a recipient of the Art in the Atrium Art scholarship for 4 years and was awarded for outstanding achievement in Visual Arts for the Visual Art Department in Arts high school.

Sheri Berry the Scritch Scratch Cat * by Annette M. Alston
Publication Date: December 15, 2011
Picture Book; $15.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4568-3385-5
Picture Book Hardcover; $25.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4568-3386-2

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