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Pepper's Journal: A Kitten's First Year (MathStart 2) Paperback – January 5, 2000

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-The excitement begins when Grandma's cat, Snowy, gives birth to three kittens. One will soon belong to her grandchildren, Joey and Lisa. To prepare herself, Lisa goes to the library and checks out every book on kittens. She learns that when newborn, these creatures weigh three ounces. One week later, the kittens open their eyes. Two months must pass before the children can take Pepper, the chosen animal, home. In an entertaining journal format, readers observe Pepper's growth over the next year and learn all of the important details of cat care and cat behavior. The concept of time is fully integrated into the story. A monthly calendar appears on each double-page spread showing the progression of days, weeks, and months. Winborn's full-color animated paintings give readers lots to examine and enjoy. A unique complement to most collections.
Jackie Hechtkopf, University of Maryland, College Park
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PLB 0-06-027619-3 paper 0-06-446723-6 This entry in the MathStart series investigates the concepts of calendar time through the events of a kitten's first year. Lisa's agreeable, first-person journal keeps track of important datesthe birth of the litter at Grandma's, Lisa and younger brother Joey's first visit to the week-old kittens, permission to keep a newborn kitten when it is ready to leave its mother, selecting and naming a kitten at when it is one-month-old, taking Pepper home at two months, and so on to Pepper's first birthday. These milestones appear in attractively busy spreads that show the progression of Lisa's family life on the left and Lisa's journal of Pepper's progress on the right. Many scenes will provoke smiles: Thanksgiving in November finds Pepper under the family's table, tugging at an eight-month-old cousin's blanket, while Lisa's journal drawings show her reading Pepper his favorite book, Puss in Boots, as he rests on her quilt. The recurring monthly calendar highlights important dates; in this well-done book, readers also learn harder facts about what a growing cat needs and doesintegral, everyday, and useful information presented in a way that reinforces notions about the passing of time as well as the functions of a calendar. (Picture book. 6-9) -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Series: MathStart 2
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064467236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064467230
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math. Stuart J. Murphy and his wife, Nancy, live in Evanston, Illinois.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lorel Shea VINE VOICE on March 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Readers follow the growth of a new kitten throughout his first year. The highly engaging story features a brother and sister who wait for Pepper to be born, adopt him when he's old enough, and then care for him as he grows. My children spent a lot of time focused on the changing calendars and adorable illustrations, which highlight the storyline perfectly. I'm a big Stuart Murphy mathstart fan, and I think this book is his best work.
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