written by Sarah Weeks; illustrated by Jane Manning
(Laura Geringer Books) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library
Macaroni the cat is a fun loving sort who enjoys bouncing and pouncing and other boisterous activities. On a hot day, he likes to swim. Jumping over garbage cans or with a rope are other sources of feline frolic for the lively Mac. As they say in the boxing world, "And in this corner we have..." the ornery Cheese. He is Mac's best friend, but he's not interested in bouncing, pouncing, or mousing. Cheese just wants to enjoy some peace and quiet. It's not until Mac needs his help that Cheese is willing to alter his ways.
Mac and Cheese are the Oscar and Felix of early reader books. They are an engaging pair that will entertain beginning readers. The rhyming text and delightful illustrations make this book an excellent choice for late kindergarten to first grade students who are stretching their reading muscles. A circle map featuring Macaroni would be a good lesson in character or you could create a Venn diagram to compare Mac and Cheese. If you are working with students who are just learning about rhyming words, you could read a few pages and list rhyming words that are in the text. Mac and Cheese could also complement a lesson on end marks.
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