Opera Cat

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From a brand-new author-illustrator team comes a humorous, heartwarming story about a special relationship between a cat and her owner. Alma the cat lives with Madame SoSo, an opera diva. When Madame rehearses, Alma softly sings along. Madame doesn’t know Alma’s secretin fact, she doesn’t pay Alma much attention at all. But on the night of the big performance, Madame comes down with laryngitis . . . and at last Alma is given a chance to prove she is no ordinary animal. Accompanied by vivid, detail-filled illustrations, this story will resonate with anyonefeline or humanwho has ever longed for a moment in the spotlight.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (October 21, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618096353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618096350
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on October 26, 2015
By MissJanesMusic
A great book to pair with Rossini’s Cat Duet in a music lesson!

Fun and beautiful book about opera.

One person found this helpful.
 on November 9, 2014
By DocStrong26
Great book for the reading center in my music room. I use this and the Great Poochini when I’m doing my opera unit with 2nd grade general music.

Standing "O" for Opera Cat

12 people found this helpful.
 on February 13, 2003
Although I am fond of neither cats nor opera, Opera Cat left me begging for an encore! The story is perky, fun and deceptively sophisticated. Readers of any age will identify with the dreams and yearnings of Alma, the cat, and will enjoy the multi-leveled humor of this charming tale set in Milan. As a retired early-childhood educator, I was attracted by the stunning style and vocabulary of Opera Cat and by the lyricism and whimsy of its illustrations. Definitely a Read Aloud for the grandchildren!

wonderful book

One person found this helpful.
 on June 26, 2013
By Gluestick
A beautiful story of a talented cat that can sing in the opera when his owner the singer can’t. A rich language story, cute and smart with great illustrations.


One person found this helpful.
 on July 8, 2013
By M. Heiss
This book went in an entirely new direction! Amazing illustrations and a creative story line set this book apart from most of the books on the library shelf.

This cat doesn’t meow, she SINGS!

7 people found this helpful.
 on June 28, 2005
By Joy Fleisig
One of the best ways for children’s books to introduce youngsters to the wonders of classical music and opera is to use loveable animals as heroes, and Tess Weaver’s “Opera Cat” is one of the best in this genre. Not only will children be delighted by it, but any adult who likes opera or cats (or both!) is bound to greatly enjoy it.

Wonderfully Sweet and Engaging.

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 21, 2011
By Glennis Siverson
I purchased this book for my 5 year-old niece, and she loves it. So do I! Although it is a children’s book, the characters have distinct personalities and the story-line includes humor, suspense, drama, love, friendship and a happy ending. The illustrations are adorable, and the words aren’t “dumbed down” for kids. Wonderful little book!

Bravissma! Opera cat is simply divine.

One person found this helpful.
 on September 12, 2008
By Honulani
Our new favorite! What a wonderful story about a cat who secretly learns to sing opera while her owner practices her singing. Alma, the cat saves the day when her owner get laryngitis and Alma sings on opening night in place of her owner. My 5 year old daughter loves when I “sing” the operatic part. Cleaver illustrations and humorous writing. Bravissma!

Beautifully written, beautifully illustrated

6 people found this helpful.
 on October 19, 2002
This is a charming and refreshing story about a clever cat who finally gets her day in the spotlight. The detail of the illustrations which accompany this humorous tale is sure to maker readers of all ages laugh with surprise and delight.

First Grade Favorite

One person found this helpful.
 on February 13, 2009
By Tree Teacher
I have used this book the last several years to reinforce the short /o/ sound to First Graders. They love this book. The illustrations are so cute, especially the kitty. It also introduces kids to an opera setting. Good book for cat, opera, and short /o/ fans!

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