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Alya and the Three Cats

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A short and sweet story about three cats who are curious and concerned about the arrival of a new human baby. Will their owner have enough love left over for them? The illustrations are gorgeous!
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Alta and the Three Cats is a cute tale of how love can be shared when new family members are introduced.  There are three kitties who love their mom and love being a family together. They notice that their mommy’s belly is growing and one day mommy leaves the house and comes back with a surprise. Will the kittens adjust to their new family member? And will there be enough love to go around?
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Cute, nicely illustrated story of three cats that get anxious when a new baby is thrown into the mix of their otherwise happy home. 

Simple story of cats being reassured there is love for all.



Originally written in Arabic, it doesn't seem to suffer in the translation. The pictures carry the story quite well.

Very simple story, but reassuring.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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This was just so precious. I'm really in love with the beautiful illustrations and the lovely way the story is told. Alya and the Three Cats is the story about three cats witnessing the pregnancy of their owner, while they don't really know what is happening. It's a sweet story that might help older siblings to feel more secure about the arrival of their newest family member. A sweet way to tell your kids, that a mother has enough love for yet another baby and the children she already has. 

Normally I would have ended up giving this book 3 stars. While the first half of the book was just really adorable, the ending felt sadly rushed and some things were just stated without further explanation. (For example there was the description of the cats playing with the presents, but not why there were any presents to begin with, which might be something a kid might not know.)

Another point that bothered me was the sentence "They are treated as princes" at the beginning of the book, as one of the cats is female. 

But I'm just ridiculously in love with this adorable book, even though there was just too much missing in the last pages for me. Still. I really enjoyed this read and I loved, loved, loved the illustrations. So a little biased 4 stars for a book that narrowly escaped a lower rating.
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A beautiful tale (pun intended) about three cats who soon find that a baby can change some things, but not the love of having a family. I love this book so much because it teaches children that with having new additions we embrace the old as well.
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This is a beautiful children's book translated from the original Polish (I think -- Alya i trzy koty) that tells the story of three cats whose owner is going to have a baby. They don't know that, of course, and are intrigued by the growing belly that sometimes has thumping going on within, then their owner's mysterious disappearance. When the baby comes home they are originally a little unsure, but they quickly learn that there's enough love for all and they become a happy family of one more.

The art is lovely and the tone is sweet. Children of families with cats will relate to these three kitties and what it's like to grow up in a home already filled with felines. Some reviewers have suggested that it's a metaphor for being a child when another baby is born and that may work, but that may also be overthinking things. Kids whose parents had cats when they were born are likely to hear similar stories and have similar family memories of the cats reacting with amusing alarm at the jumping belly before forming a bond with the new, furless little creature who's been brought home.

This is a lovely story that will be an especially big hit with cat loving families.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
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A perfect book for children expecting a new sibling. And if they love cats it’s doubly perfect! 
The author captured the personality of felines who won’t let a growing belly stop their cuddle area. 
This is a story of love for our furry friends and new babies. What could be better?
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My son and I read this book and we enjoyed it. 

The ending felt a bit abrupt, I think it could have been expanded. But I love the idea of involving other members of the family when there is new arrival. I have not come across a book which features this perspective. 

A lovely read with beautiful illustrations.
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Alya and the Three Cats
by Amina Hachimi Alaoui

3 out of 5 stars

I got this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is typical children illustrated book. The story follows the life if three cats in a household. One day, the owner of the cat gone for a few days and the cats realized there will some changing with their life afterwards.

Simple story and good illustration. I am a little bit surprised because of the author is not American or else. 

Well, diversity as it finest, I supposed.
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A funny and interesting tale of the birth of a new baby and how the feline friends have to deal with less attention. Truly humorous.
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This is a beautifully illustrated book with a lovely, artsy  middle eastern feel. It’s a nice book to read to young children when there is a new baby being born in the family. At times I felt the transitions in the text  could have been better, it seems like a few pages were missing.
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A great book for anyone thinking of adding to their family. It reassures everyone that love is for sharing and can reassure any older siblings who may be concerned about when the baby will arrive. The story and illustrations are sweet.
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Three cats enjoy their daily life with their lady who takes tender care of them each day. One day the cats notice the lady's belly is getting bigger. What can be inside it? Suddenly the cats find themselves alone and it's only after a basket comes home do they discover they aren't the only precious things in the house anymore. Will their lady still love them as much? A nice picture book that would help families experiencing the same situation with siblings.
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Absolutely beautiful illustrations punctuate this clever and accomplishable read. Ideal for upper elementary and beyond. I’d add it to my classroom shelf gladly.
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A cute little book with lovely illustrations detailing three cats that belong to a couple who are expecting a baby. Unfortunately, there wasn't much about the cats' anxiety or how they felt about the baby. I thought it would the the main conflict of the book but it blew over in a single page. And yes, I am aware that this is a children's book but still. There wasn't much about baby Alya either despite her name being in the title, which is weird. Nevertheless, an adorable read for the little ones.
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A beautifully written children's book that   is good for when you are expecting another child to emphasise that you will still love everyone the same even if there is also another to love.

This story uses the cats in the household to portray this which I think is great because young children are always interested in animals. It demonstrates that the cats fear they wont be as loved as they were before this new little creature came home which resonates with how some young siblings to be feel in real life. 

I rated this book 4 star ⭐⭐⭐⭐ for the creative use of the cats rather than a first child feeling fearful in the situation of a new baby coming home and for the gorgeous illustrations.  

Thank you to netgalley and publisher for allowing me to preview this book in return for an honest review.
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This book is very sweet. I've heard a lot about how a new baby can drastically impact dogs but I've personally never heard anything from the point of view of a cat. I thought the illustrations of the cats were really cute and the style suited them well, but I wasn't a fan of how that particular style made the adults look.
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The illustrations for this book are beautiful. Facial expressions are nicely done and the cats are adorable. Plenty of detail is included.
The story is a tactful way to share about changes to a household when a new human baby is expected.

The story itself is a bit abrupt. It feels like there are pages missing.
I understand why  Myriam is gone for days but perhaps Sami should be shown, and come home after a day or so and talk to the kittens, explain who will take care of them while the couple is gone.  Or Grandma should arrive to fill their food bowls.

 Where did Sami go? Did Myriam trade him in for the baby?  I think this may be worrisome for young children.
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What an adorable book with absolutely stunning illustrations!

Teaching children about a new baby can sometimes be daunting and upsetting for the parents and the children. This is such a lovely way of doing it using the 3 cute cats.
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I love type of illustrations used in this book. They appear as if drawn in bright sunlight where everything is illuminated starkly and even fine details of structures and buildings are visible.
Artwork of this story is Excellent.
Story is also simple easy to read for young kids.
It is simple and uncomplicated.
Three cats described in tale are cute. They are cute emotionally and worry for their master's love, when new born arrives.
A very good book to gift to kids to get them started on a lifelong reading habit.
Thanks netgalley and publisher for review copy.
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