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A Kitten Tale Hardcover – January 8, 2008
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"While this title has broad appeal, it is an especially apt choice for children who approach the unknown with fear rather than pleasure."
Starred review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2007:
"A winner for a winter storytime, this is as amusing as watching real kittens romp."
Starred review, School Library Journal, February 2008:
“This playful look at living life to the fullest is a natural for young children.”
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Eric has his BS in Art and an MS in Studio Art from Illinois State University, and an MFA in Printmaking/Fine Bookmaking from Arizona State University. He also studied Anthropology and Biology. Eric taught printmaking, painting, and fine bookmaking at Belvoir Terrace in Massachusettes and introductory drawing, fine bookmaking, and printmaking at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
Eric has created book jackets for a number of novels, including His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman. He won a Caldecott Honor Book award for Time Flies, and a Caldecott Medal award for My Friend Rabbit. Eric has written four children's books: My Friend Rabbit, The Cinder-Eyed Cats, Pumpkinhead, and A Kitten's Tale. He recently illustrated Lois Lowry's Bless This Mouse and an old Scottish poem, Last Song. Look for Bone Dog out in the latter part of 2011.
Eric currently resides in a suburb of Chicago.
Top Customer Reviews
There are four little kittens who have never seen snow. Three of them spend Spring, Summer and Fall worrying about how cold and wet snow will make everything. The fourth kitten just keeps saying, "I can't wait." The fourth kitten's attitude is so wonderful...
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I had the pleasure of meeting him before this was published during a workshop, and he shared his sketches and the storyline...He was very gracious, and has a genuine appreciation for the worldview of children.
My 3 year-old, by the way, loved reading this book...she especially enjoyed finding all the kittens on each page.
Initially, I was cool to A Kitten Tale. The illustrations still don't totally hit the sweet spot for me. But, as with Bonny Becker's A Visitor for Bear (coincidentally published the same year: 2008), this story grew on me. I am particularly enamored of the star--that fourth kitten--and his sustained excitement through the seasons, despite 3-to-1 detractors.
This is a case of youngsters knowing better than their elders, since my kids liked this from the start. It's a commendable tale which offers useful lessons in anticipation as well as peer (if feline) pressure, and is best enjoyed with spirited, out-loud reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book! Kids learn about the benefits of trying new things and braving the unknown.Published 13 months ago by Linda
My 3 year old daughter loves this book. She enjoys the pictures and the adventurous quality of one of the kittens. It's a keeper.Published 22 months ago by Banana