The Cat in the Hat Learning Library

While looking for some books to get as a present for a friend’s son, I came across this series in MPH.  It is “The Cat in the Hat Learning Library“.  They’re great books because they teach children to read about various subjects in a very entertaining way.  Children can read about dinosaurs, space, the human body, animals, plants, maps, and the list goes on.  The books cleverly introduce these subjects to children with catchy rhymes and colouring pictures.

Here’s an excerpt from the book “One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent: All About Money (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)“:

“People bartered to buy things
in ancient times.
They did not have pennies,
or nickels, or dimes.

This meant that a beekeeper
might want to swap
his store of honey
for a farmer’s wheat crop.

If the farmer liked honey
a deal could be struck.
If the farmer liked jam
it was the keeper’s bad luck.

People would fight
over deals they had made.
Was this a good swap?
Did I make a fair trade?

Perhaps that is why
money was invented.
It was easier to use
and decay was prevented.

It was easy to carry,
and count, and what’s more,
it was easy to save
and easy to store.”

These are some of the titles I saw at MPH:

They’re retailing at RM29.90 for a hard cover book of about 50 odd pages – not exactly expensive but it does add up if you want to get the entire set…

I checked it out on Amazon and there are quite a number of subjects covered.  The books talk about the weather, money, tropical rainforests, birds, holidays, pets, deserts, bugs…  It makes a terrific library on general knowledge for children.  For some time now I’ve been trying to figure out how to get Gavin interested to learn about stuff like dinosaurs and space.  I’ve been using Sticker Atlases which has been pretty helpful but I reckon he would really love reading these books.  I really want to get them for him but I’ve recently bought him so many books (I bought the entire series of Joy Berry’s Help Me Be Good and several of Pat Thomas’ A First Look At books) that I think we need to hold off getting any more books for a while.  Suffice to say it took a lot of self-control to walk out of MPH without buying the books.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

4 thoughts on “The Cat in the Hat Learning Library

  1. hi,
    i m interested with the sticker atlases books and the etc stickers. I cant find them in MPH, which exact MPH did you buy them from?
    Do you have any experiences buying from Amazon, you think the books from Amazon is much cheaper or almost the same.I am tempted to buy some books from Amazon as recommended by you but i m clueless if MPH sells at a higher price.Please share your opinion. thanks

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  2. I bought the one on Space and dinosaurs from the 1Utama branch. The animal atlas was from the old MPH branch in BV2 which has since closed down. The ones by Hinkler are very cheap – only RM9.90. You will never get that from Amazon plus shipping. The only thing is that MPH only seems to bring in one shipment and then they never bring it in again. So once it’s sold out, that’s the end. Quite irritating. If I’d known I would have bought all the Hinkler sticker atlases they had.

    I find that Amazon has a greater range. Whatever I cannot get locally, I usually source from Amazon. Cost of the book plus shipping is about the same price as it would be if I bought it locally but sometimes it can be cheaper and sometimes more expensive. It differs from book to book. You can also try eBay – not always a fruitful source but you can get lucky and it can be really cheap. I bought the entire Joy Berry set of “Help Me Be Good” for US$90 and that includes shipping!

    Another online bookstore to try is Acmamall (https://www.acmamall.com/) – they sometimes offer free shipping and they sell books at discounted prices so it is really worth it.

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  3. Hi Shenli,

    Wish to check if amazon do shipping to Malaysia as well, so far as I know they don’t, including eBay.

    Wait for your soonest reply to this issue,if possible, thanks!

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    1. Yes, they do. But Amazon also has 3rd party vendors who may or may not ship to Malaysia so you’ll have to check the source. I have bought books before. eBay, I have bought a variety of things. It all depends on the seller. Some do and some don’t. It is usually shown on the listing which countries they are willing to ship to. If you are buying books, I would check book depository first because they offer free shipping. Only if they do not have the titles, then I would get it from Amazon.

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