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A Kitten Tale Hardcover – January 8, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517709155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517709153
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Starred review, Publishers Weekly, November 26, 2007:
"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.”

About the Author

Eric Rohmann is a painter, printmaker, and fine bookmaker. His books for children include Time Flies, recipient of a Caldecott Honor Award, The Cinder-Eyed Cats, Pumpkinhead, Clara and Asha, and My Friend Rabbit, recipient of the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Rohmann lives in the Midwest.

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Eric Rohmann was born in Riverside, Illinois in 1957. He grew up in Downers Grove, a suburb of Chicago. As a boy, Eric played Little League baseball, read comic books, collected rocks and minerals, insects, leaves, and animal skulls.

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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ami Hassler on January 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Caldecott Medal Winner (My Friend Rabbit), Eric Rohmann, has created another charming picture book that shows respect for a child's fear of the unknown, while also illustrating the power of a positive attitude.

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Sellers on August 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As with his previous books, the author/illustrator has put a strong visual signature on this work, which is simple without being simplistic.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Kirkfield VINE VOICE on February 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Two-time Caldecott winner Eric Rohmann is a rising star in children's literature. Yet somehow, we haven't read his other books. (My Friend Rabbit is first on the list.)

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.
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