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
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From Kirkus Reviews
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.
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