Annie and the Wild Animals

by Jan Brett

Paperback, 1989


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E Br


Sandpiper (1989), Paperback, 32 pages


When Annie's cat disappears, she attempts friendship with a variety of unsuitable woodland animals, but with the emergence of Spring, everything comes right.

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LibraryThing member aezeek
"Annie and the Wild Animals" begins in the cold winter when one day, Annie's cat started acting strange. Then it disappered. Annie found herself lonely, so she tried to find herself another pet by attracting wild animals with corn cakes. Many wild animals came including a moose, a bear, and
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wildcat. But none of these animals were friendly like Annie's cat, and soon the corn meal gave out so she couldn't make any more corn cakes. All of a sudden the winter snow melts away and the cat appeared again, followed by some new kittens. Animal loving children may be fascinated with Annie's tale, although some may be a little frightened by the press of wild animals at her door.
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LibraryThing member annaturner
When Annie's cat goes missing, she attempts to find a new pet by leaving food out. However, the possible pets are too wild to tame. When Spring comes again, everything goes back to normal.
LibraryThing member adwirth
One winter, Annie’s cat, Taffy, stops playing and sleeps all day long. When Taffy runs away, Annie has to find a new friend. When winter is over, Taffy come back home with a big surprise!
LibraryThing member bamabreezin4
This book is a nice story, but not my favorite. I do like the picture borders around each page that, if looked at carefully, can tell what is going on aside from what is shows in the main storyline and illustrations.
LibraryThing member stevekep32
This book has beautiful illustrations but they are very detailed and much more impressive up close. It tells the story of a little girl who loses her cat and in the quest to find a new pet, attracts an entire house full of wild animals. The story is interesting but the drawings make the book
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LibraryThing member Artsy_Reader
Annie is a young girl who lives in a forest with her cat, Taffy. It starts out in the winter time and Taffy goes missing. Annie becomes lonely, so she puts out a corn cake hoping to find an animal she can tame. When she woke up, she found a moose. She knew she could not keep a moose as a pet, so
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she tried again. At one point, she has almost every animal from the forest at her house looking for food. Spring comes, which made the animals leave, but also brings Tammy back with a surprise.

I loved this book! This was one of my siblings’ books when they were growing up. I loved the story, but also the illustrations. I guess it is because of my artsy profession. This book has an educational lesson for the children; if you put food outside, you will never know what it will attract.

If I use this in a classroom, I would have the children explain what they would do if they lost their pet. I would also have the children draw a picture of their pet or favorite animal or make the animals out of construction paper. The children could also make masks of the animals in the book, then put on a play acting out the story.
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LibraryThing member dcrider
Annie's cat disappears and she tries to find a new pet so she puts food on the edge of the woods...she ends up attracting alot of wild animals....finally her cat emerges with kittens.
LibraryThing member runner_roader
Annie's kitten has wondered away and what else can she do but put out corn bread nightly in the hopes her kitten will return. But every morning a new animal shows up, each being too large or too mean to be a new pet for Annie. The seasons begin to change from winter to spring and Annie keeps hope
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alive to find her kitten returned with a wonderful surprised.

In a classroom I could ask students how they would find a missing animal if a pet became lost. The class could present a small reenactment of the story or play of their own search and animal rescue mission first discussed.
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LibraryThing member GoofyOcean110
One of the favorites - the pictures are great and its a good way to point out different types of animals with the Little Dude.
LibraryThing member Randalea
In this early fantasy picture book, Brett introduces us to her gift of creating captivating natural scenes of the forest, seasons and wildlife. With the help of a little girl we are introduced to her lonely life in the mountains and how much she depends on her pet for companionship. When the cat
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goes missing Brett creates a layered (story in a story) border which tells us that the mommy gave birth to kittens.
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LibraryThing member Ms.Penniman
Retelling: Annie's cat Taffy was acting strange. Then one day it left. Annie felt lonely so she left cornbread at the edge of the woods to try to attract a new pet. Many wild animals came to eat the cornbread, but none would make a good pet. At the end of the story, Taffy returned with a
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Thoughts and Feelings: I rescued my first cat from the wild. The first thing it did when it came into my home was have a litter of kittens behind our piano. This was a lovely little tale. It's a good warning not to feed wild animals too.
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LibraryThing member RebeccaMichelet
One winter Annie could not find her cat, Taffy, anywhere. Since she wanted a new pet, she put a corn cake near the woods hoping a small animal would come by. The next day there was a moose standing where she left the corn cake. Each day during winter Annie would leave a corn cake near the woods,
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and a different animal would appear by morning. Each animal kept showing up because they wanted more corn cakes, however, Annie was out of corn meal. The next day all of the animals went back into the woods to search for food, and Annie's cat returned with her three kittens.
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LibraryThing member awoodham93
Annie's cat Taffy has dissapeared, and Annie is very sad. Without Taffy, Annie is very lonely in her little house in the woods. Each night, Annie makes corn cakes and leaves them outside, in hopes that a small friendly animal will come, and Annie can make that her new friend. However, many wild
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animals come, and Annie can not tame them! Annie is very upset, until one day Tuffy appears out of the woods! Annie so so happy to see Tuffy, but she wonders where Tufffy has been. Suddenly, three little kittens emerge from the woods behind Tuffy, and Annie realizes that she will never be a lone agian.
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LibraryThing member Sullywriter
If you offer them corn cakes, they will come. A reissue orginally published in 1985.
LibraryThing member Lizziep
The main character of this story, Annie, has lost her cat and is trying her best to find her. As she searches for her she comes across other animals that are just not as cuddly as her beloved cat Taffy. Jan Brett is told mostly through very detailed illustrations. These illustrations help to convey
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the wonders of the forest and the borders of the pages tell a story within the story to foreshadow the return of Taffy to her friend Annie.
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LibraryThing member SJoachim
Annie was sad and lonely when her cat disappears. She goes in search of a new friend, but all of the animals in the forest just aren't right. When springtime comes Annie finds her cat and a surprise. Children will love the illustrations and all of the animals featured in this book.
LibraryThing member Kitrina
This book is about a girl who loses her cat so she starts to leave corn at the edge of her yard hoping the cat will come back but instead several wild animals come to eat the corn. This is a good book to have in the classroom because of the illustrations and animals. This is suitable for grades 1-3.
LibraryThing member larasimmons2
This is a simple book that tells the story of Annie, whom is looking for a new pet. She tries to lure in woodland creatures. The story is a fun approach to a child's connection to pets. The main theme of the book is that wild animals do not make good pets.

I like the book it is a straight forward
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story. I find Annie to be a character the reader can relate to. For example, any readers will often try to attract a new pet when young. The reader could also potentially have lost a pet.

I loved the illustrations. For example, the fur and snow was so well detailed. Also, another example, is the illustrations have boarders. The boarders help foretell the story, helping progress the story. A fun and different read.
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LibraryThing member Whisper1
Jan Brett is one of my favorite illustrators. Her artist talents are amazing.

In this story young Annie is grieving the loss of her beloved cat Taffy. In the hope of obtaining a new pet, Annie takes a corn cake to the edge of the woods. Her first visitor is a rather large moose. Sadly, Annie know a
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moose cannot be the kind of pet she wants.
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LibraryThing member Miss_Annie_O
"Annie and the Wild Animals" is a beautifully illustrated fictional book that shows a little girl longing for a pet. Her cat has run away from home and Annie soon becomes lonely. She decides that she needs to find a new pet so she bakes a batch of corn cakes and leaves one at the edge of the woods
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expecting a small furry animal to scamper out and become her new pet. However, instead of a small animal, Annie comes face to face with a giant moose! She repeats this process of trying to find a new pet through several nights, and each night more and more wild animals appear! At last, spring came to Annie's little house in the woods and just when she'd given up hope of ever finding a new pet, her cat comes back with three kittens trailing close behind.
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LibraryThing member Khammersla
This was not one of the best books I have ever read. The words and sentences were so simplistic that I found the book boring and I was not entertained by the story line. For example the first page of the story started out of the sentences, “It had been snowing for days. Winter was lasting too
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long.” This didn’t immediately capture my attention and I believe that after that the story just wasn’t able to hold my attention. I understand that this book is meant for a first time reader, but some complexity would have made the story much more entertaining.
I did however really like that each page was illustrated with boarder. The boarders are different on each page and they go along with what is happening in the story. For example the main character is trying to find a pet and she keeps getting all these wild animals at her door. The boarders foreshadow what is going to happen in the story. At one point a moose ends up at her door. The boarder around this page shows a wildcat. On the next page the wildcat is the next animal to arrive at her door. I think that the boarders were something I don’t normally see in books and I thought that they added something interesting to the story itself.
The main idea of the book was the love and compassion that a person can have for the their pet. In the story the main character loses her pet cat. Throughout the entire story she tries to find a new pet so that she isn’t lonely. All these wild animals come to her door, but she realized that all she really wanted was her cat back. The bond between the main character and her pet was the cutest part of the entire story.
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LibraryThing member boxofdelights
Jan Brett's strengths are realistic drawings of animals and borders filled with small drawings that add to the story.
LibraryThing member fuzzi
The story is cute, the illustrations are the best!


Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades K-3 — 1987)


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32 p.; 9.05 inches


0395510066 / 9780395510063




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