It was good, but too sad. We haven t read as many books by Beverly Cleary together as I thought we would, but every once in awhile, I sneak one in I think at this point, I will encourage our youngest to read them on her own, since many of them are still age appropriate for her She brought this book out from our bookshelves and read it for her independent reading for school and I read it after she did It s an entertaining story about the cat of a household and the turmoil that disturbs his happy life when a baby joins the family The story is quite dated and I m not sure this book has the timelessness that others have, but it s still an entertaining read Our youngest also brought home Ribsy from her school, so we ll likely read this one next. Newbery Medal Winning Author Beverly Cleary Charms Readers With Yet Another Lovable Character Socks, A Jealous Cat Who Must Learn To Share His Owners With Their New BabySocks Is One Happy Cat He Lives The Good Life With His Affectionate Owners, Mr And Mrs Bricker Ever Since The Day They Saved Him From A Life Spent In A Mailbox Drop Slot, Socks Has Been The Center Of Their World And He Always Has Everything He Needs Tasty Kitty Treats And All The Lap Room He Could Want But When A New Baby Arrives, Suddenly The Brickers Have Less And Less Time For Socks Little Charles William Is The One Getting All The Attention Socks Feels Left Out And To Show It, He Starts Getting Into All Sorts Of Trouble What Will It Take To Make Socks Realize Just How Much The Brickers Care About Him For Generations, Beverly Cleary Has Entertained Readers Of All Ages With The Hilarious Scrapes And Hijinks Of Characters Such As Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Ribsy, And Ralph S Mouse Socks Is No Exception As School Library Journal Raves, It Will Make Both Children And Adults With Roar With Laughter I adored this when I was young even though I was a bit older than the target audience when it was released and was delighted to find that I still do So much wisdom, insight, adventure, and humor packed into such a very short book Perfect for a family read aloud for all ages Even minor characters are full on individuals.And since it s a cat displaced by the baby, it s metaphorical and you can apply it as bibliotherapy to your first born without being dismissed as teachy preachy. Sometimes you need a sweet little children s book to cleanse the palate Beverly Cleary is genius I forgot how much I adore her This book is a prime example of why. Socks is a white footed kitten taken in to a perfect home he always has a lap, and is generally spoiled until the day the baby arrives Now his position in the household is threatened by the new pet It s a wonderful story about the impact of a baby from the cat s perspective dated by a couple of passing references, but not too obviously for children and the adaptations made A good reminder for any new parents with pets, as well as for encouraging empathy in children Being as big a fan of Beverly Cleary as I am, I can t believe I hadn t read this one before As it turns out, I think this book would be a good read not only for elementary school aged kids, but also for first time expectant parents, especially those with pets, and also parents who are expecting their second child to gently remind them not to inadvertently neglect the first born.Socks is a cat who was adopted by a lovely couple He had a happy life until the day the couple had their own baby As the first time parents fussed over their precious Charles William with a certain amount of comical cluelessness that I recall from my own first days as a new parent poor Socks was ignored, overlooked, and actually relegated to the laundry room The good news is, there is a happy ending But along the way, I really felt for Socks Poor thing He deserved better. Purrfect I thought my 6 year old might read this on his own, after he requested a book about a cat, but I ended up reading it to him and his 8 year old brother Socks reminded us of our grey tabby, Pete. A friend recommended this when I was pregnant with my first We have a beloved calico who had been Princess of Everything to that point and I m sure she would give Socks story five purrrs and empathize with him wholeheartedly though thank goodness we did not have to go to any extremes with her like they did with Socks I actually didn t get around to reading this until after my second was born and I m glad I waited because the story is even poignant and humorous and heartbreaking and sweet and wise when Socks is seen not just as the displaced cat but in the older sibling role I m sure my oldest son could relate to Socks, too I could empathize with the new parents, so caught up with their baby and desperate to ensure his well being, though I do wish Socks hadn t been put into one situation Still, it served it s purpose and, while I don t want to give any spoilers, I will say that I was happy with how the story ended I ve never been a Cleary fan but I really liked this book and felt she did a marvelous job getting inside the head and heart of the older sibling be that a fur baby or human child as well as these of the new parents who loved them both. OMGosh I laughed so hard Beverly Cleary is surely a cat person, because she has totally pegged the way a cat acts and thinks Poor Socks has a terrible time when his family brings a baby named Charles William home to live with them His antics trying to regain their affection are adorable Cleary s spare, understated prose lend to the appeal for kids, and although it was first released in 1973, any cat lover today will howl with laughter If you don t enjoy this book, then you re probably a dog person.
Beverly Cleary born April 12, 1916 is the author of over 30 books for young adults and children Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice Beezus , Henry Huggins, and Ralph S Mouse.Beverly Cleary was born Beverly At
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