From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 1–Sophia, a tabby cat, has 16 kittens. Using different-colored collars for each one, the author introduces both colors and community helpers: "Teal kitten cures with Louann, the pediatrician" and "Chartreuse kitten directs with Celia, the crossing guard." After their busy days, the kittens are reunited with an anxious Sophia during a colorful party. Catalanotto's sepia-like pictures are highlighted with the color introduced. For example, the color tan appears in the grocery bag and in the clerk's uniform. "Rust" appears along the pipes that Tony the plumber is repairing as well as in his shirt. The kittens also have touches of color. The art has a lot of child appeal, as do the popular concepts, and the text is bold and easy to read. A book of high interest to teachers and children.–Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
PreS-K. In Matthew A. B. C.
(2002) and Daisy 1, 2, 3
2003), Catalanotto introduces kindly teacher Mrs. Tuttle, who devises clever alphabet and counting exercises to differentiate among her identical students. In this follow-up, Mrs. Tuttle is faced with a litter of indistinguishable kittens, and she uses colors to help her identify them, particularly after she sends them out to their new homes. Each spread shows a different kitten wearing a collar in a color that is often a fitting match to the profession of the kitten's owner: Rust Kitten lives with Tony the plumber, for example; Pink Kitten dances with Zoe the ballerina. Catalanotto offers a nice balance of gender roles in his lineup of pet owners: the basketball player, the pilot, and the package courier are women. Children will chortle over the felines' high jinks depicted in the appealing gray-toned paintings, which are accented with bright splashes of the featured hues. A satisfying, high-spirited way to review colors and introduce professions. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved