A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This children's book touches on the rewards of persistence and the common lesson of "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Although Kitten doesn't get exactly what she was initially looking for by the end of the story, she is still rewarded for her unyielding effort. Readers will learn more about the positive side of the process of trial-and-error as Kitten's distress and sadness pay off when she receives a bowl of milk in the end.
Positive Role Models
Kitten's perserverance is an admirable feat as readers are able to see where hard work can get you. Her charming curiosity proves to be very inspirational as she isn't afraid or discouraged when it comes to exploring the unknown. As the title suggests, Kitten sets her eyes on her first full moon and is determined to discover more about it. Especially for younger readers, this book can encourage the exploration of innocence, and the undying curiosity that comes along with it and never truly leaves us.
Violence & Scariness
In her journey to discovering what she believes to be a bowl of milk in the sky, Kitten jumps from the porch in attempts to reach the moon. Instead, she tumbles down the stairs, "bumping her nose and banging her ear and pinching her tail."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this tale, uncluttered and direct, shares with old favorites such as The Carrot Seed and Harold and the Purple Crayon the strength and durability of a story with one character and a single focus. Children who connect with Kitten and her dilemma will want to return to this book again and again.
Is It Any Good?
The book's nostalgic atmosphere, combined with the simplicity and subtle emotional power of the story, make for a charming and memorable tale. This is prolific author/illustrator Kevin Henkes' 34th book for children. Known for his brightly colored, humorous picture books such as the Caldecott Honor Book Lily's Purple Plastic Purse and the #1 New York Times bestseller Wemberley Worried, Henkes uses a new style with KITTEN'S FIRST FULL MOON. In black and white with muted grays, the pictures are reminiscent of a classic 1940s film.
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