Kitten's First Full Moon

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Kids will connect with Kitten and her dilemma.

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Caldecott Medal and Honors

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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."

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.

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What's the story?

Sitting on the stairs, little Kitten sees what she takes to be a small bowl of milk in the night sky, but try as she might, she cannot get to it. She reaches and chases the bowl, but it always eludes her. Climbing up a tree, she sees below what she thinks is an even bigger bowl of milk. Of course, it is the moon and she gets soaking wet when she jumps into its reflection on the water. A real bowl of milk left for her on the porch gives the story a happy ending.

Is it any good?

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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. This nostalgic atmosphere, combined with the simplicity and subtle emotional power of the story, make for a charming and memorable tale.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the moon and imagination. What does the moon look like to you in its different phases? Have you ever seen the man in the moon?

Book details

Author:Kevin Henkes
Illustrator:Kevin Henkes
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:April 17, 2004
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):3 - 7
Award:Caldecott Medal and Honors

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Adult Written bySpiff April 9, 2008
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Cute story with beautiful pictures for all ages!
Adult Written byouarda April 9, 2008
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An Outstanding Children's Book

A wonderful tale of a kitten who mistakes her first full moon for a bowl of milk. The story is adorable and the artwork is sensational (black and white drawings with a silvery tone that actually evoke moonlight). I like the fact that Kitten always seems like a real feline on her night of misadventure. All's well that ends well though, and this story is an entertaining as well as reassuring bedtime book.
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