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Koko's Kitten (Reading Rainbow) Paperback – June 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Series: Reading Rainbow
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Reissue edition (June 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590444255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590444255
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7.7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The compelling story of Koko, a gorilla, who must deal with her grief when her kitten dies. All ages.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4 The cover photo alone is all that is needed to "sell" this bookthe smallest, most delicate of kitten profiles in the massively careful embrace of a glistening gorilla, whose bare-knuckled fist is four times the size of the diminutive feline's head, and whose face radiates tenderness. Koko is one of a number of great apes in various experimental communication programs and is remarkably conversant in American Sign Language, used by hundreds of thousands of hearing-impaired people. With her linguistic skill, she asked for, and finally received, the small, tailless tabby kitten she promptly named All Ball. This brief, moving book records Koko's relationship with her pet. All Ball was groomed, played with, cuddled and loved, and never once showed fear of her large foster-mother, outlandish though she might seem to feline eyes. The growing relationship was cut horribly short by All Ball's death beneath the wheels of a car, and Koko's grief is dramatically recorded on film. Fortunately, Koko was given the opportunity to have another kitten, and chose a second tailless Manx. In a happy new beginning, she is shown cuddling "Lipstick." In beautiful color photos, and a brief accompanying text, Patterson and Cohn let readers see beneath the glossy fur, the heavy brows and the animal shape to the gentle mind that wanted something to love and be loved by. An empathy-building book of high degree. Patricia Manning, Eastchester Public Library, N.Y.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An amazing true story of real friendship and love.
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This book was requested by my 5 year old grandson for a birthday gift for his older brother.
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The photos make the book valuable for adults as well.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bill and Sheryl Savage on November 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the heart-warming, true-life story of a signing gorilla, Koko, and her life with researcher, Francine Patterson, and pet kitten, All Ball. The narrative contains interesting insights into gorilla mentality, emotions, and human-like qualities and abilities. Because Koko uses sign language, the story is a good one to read during Deaf Awareness Week to your elementary class or your own children. Note that the video by the same name, if available, plucks the heart-strings a little more in showing footage of Koko's interaction with her beloved Ball, grief after Ball's tragic accident, and Koko's introduction to her new kitten.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By pink_puff on October 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a 2nd grade teacher, I am very concerned about my students developing empathy for animals and other humans. We have talked at length about feelings and respect for animals and people and I thought Koko would be a wonderful way to develop the discussion further. However, when I sat down to read the book for the first, second, and third times, I bawled like I have not cried in a long time! This touching, real-life story of Koko the gorilla and her cat All Ball struck a nerve in me not only for the grief Koko experienced when her cat died, but for the realization that we are not alone on this earth - we are not unique in our ability to love, empathize, and care for one another. What makes us unique is the responsibility we have to ensure the survival and happiness of all living creatures. I have not decided if I will read this book to my class, because I am not sure I'll get through it without crying, but I think this powerful little book belongs in every school library. The lessons to be learned through Koko's experience as a caring, feeling, sentient being are valuable for readers of all ages.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
I first read this book when I was in the second grade and remember it bringing tears to my eyes, but at the same time making me smile at seeing the wonderful bonds that can occur between humans and animals. I am now 16, and still read this book on a regular basis! It is a MUST for anyone considering it! Also, it is a great gift for anyone you know who is involved with PETA, the ASPCA, or any other animal lovers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kona VINE VOICE on August 4, 2002
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The story of Koko, the gorilla who knows sign language, and her kitten, Ball, is told by Penny Patterson, her owner and mentor. Koko loved books about cats, and one day, she got a little gray, tailess kitten of her own. Koko named the kitty All Ball. There are wonderful photos of Koko cuddling and playing with Ball. Looking at them, it's easy to see that humans don't have a monopoly on love. A sad part leads to a happy ending for the wonderful Koko, who is now 31 years old. This book is especially recommended for anyone learning sign language!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have loved Koko's Kitten ever since it first came out. The book is not the best written book ever, and maybe it's just that I am an animal fanatic, but the plot and the real life story of Koko's Kitten is touching. Dr. Patterson is a researcher in real life and the fact that Koko is so human really touches us, especially me, because I am curently writing a paper on the topic of animals' emotions. One of the best parts about Koko's Kitten is that it is an enjoyable reading experience, not only for children, but for adults as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2002
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I loved this book as a child, and now, as a first year teacher, i plan to use this book in my classroom. The book is informative and sweet, and the pictures are adorable.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
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This is one of the most touching and memorable children's books ever!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss M's Fourth Graders on May 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Koko's Kitten, by Dr. Francine Patterson, is about a gorilla and a kitten. It's almost Koko's birthday. Penny helps Koko she wanted to give Koko a toy cat. But it didn't come in on time. So Penny gave it to Koko on Christmas. Koko didn't like the toy cat. So Penny gave her a real cat. Koko named the kitten Ball. Ball bit Koko and Koko called Ball obnoxious but Koko never hit back. Koko treated Ball like a baby. Koko combed Ball, and put him in her thigh like what a mother will do. Koko also painted Ball. Koko played games with Ball that Ball hated.

On a cloudy day Barbara told Penny that Ball got hit by a car and he was dead. Then Penny told Koko. And Koko was sad. Ten minutes later Penny heard Koko cry. Penny cried, too. Barbara asked Koko what she wanted for Christmas then Koko signs tiger cat. Then Penny shows Koko three drawings of cats. Koko picks a tailless Manx. On March 14 Koko got a red cat. Koko named it Lipstick. Koko was happy.

The theme about this book is about friendship. Koko always plays with Penny. And she always plays with Ball. Koko thought Ball was her baby so she put him in her thigh. They always played games. I like the way Koko didn't hurt Ball.

By Stephanie
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