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The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back


by Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back Theme of Perseverance

Let's face the fact: the Cat in The Cat in the Hat Comes Back is a total nuisance. And the kids don't try to hide it—they are yelling at him to go before he even sets foot in the door. But guess what? He couldn't care less. He just carries on along his way and doesn't let it faze him in the least. Plus, he doesn't leave them high and dry with the whole spots issue, or with the snow shoveling ordeal. Even when the situation seems totally dire, the Cat refuses to give up. And in the end, that kind of perseverance serves him well. Sappy? Yes. Good way to encourage perseverance in your kids? Absolutely.

Questions and Answers

Questions the little ones might ask and how you might respond

Q: Why does the Cat in the Hat keep coming over?
A: He had a grand ol' time the first time around, so why not?

Q: Why did the kids' mom make them shovel all that snow? Isn't that the adult's job?
A: It's called chores. And hey, it taught them a lesson, didn't it?

Q: Why don't they just give up when the spot won't go away?
A: Well, Sally and her bro seem to want to give up. But the Cat makes them keep going, and it pays off in the end.

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