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Kitten's First Full Moon
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What 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?
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.