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The two youngest cats, Yellow Kitten and Blue Kitten are unleashed on an errand for the first time by their mother to post a letter in town. The journey becomes an epic adventure which brings them through forests, dark tunnels and nettle fields, up to a rocky ledge on the outskirts of town. Unfamiliar with this new world around them, their minds waft around in the imagination of fear. Trolls, cat-bandits, cat-witches and eagles inhabit this terrain and still they put one foot in front of the other. Their fears are allayed when they meet their grandmother who refutes their claims of terror. A smart and funny books for young readers, this book explores feelings of fear, stress, curiosity, courage and eventual empowerment. Inis 20060401

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- Provides imaginary explanations for natural occurrences. - Contains humor. - Discusses the importance of individuality and brother and sister relationships. - Provides alternative possibilities for real life situations. - Combines fantasy and real-life experiences (tying shoes, losing teeth, etc.) - Fosters story-telling skills through familiar experiences (children can re-tell these stories very easily as the topics are meaningful to them) - Uses vocabulary to communicate feelings and stimulate imagination. - Discusses many emotions and feelings important to children (e.g. frustration of not being able to tie laces or feeling left out when the tooth fairy visits brother and sister.) - Develops the ability to identify a problem and find the solution. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Series: Child's Play Library
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Child's Play International Ltd; Revised edition (June 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904550487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904550488
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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AUDREY WOOD is the much-loved author of more than thirty books for children, including the bestselling The Napping House, Piggies, Heckedy Peg, and most recently, Piggy Pie Po, which she collaborated on with her husband, Don Wood.
She lives in Hawaii.

My first memories are of Sarasota, Florida in the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers' Circus. I was one year old and remember it vividly. My father, an art student, was making extra income by repainting circus murals.

The people in the circus were my friends. I was bounced on the knee of the tallest man in the world and rocked in the arms of the fat lady who could not stand up. My first baby-sitters were a family of little people who lived in a trailer next to ours. They tAudrey2old me stories about the animals they worked with: Chi Chi the Chimpanzee, an elephant named Elder, and Gargantua the Gorilla.

My mother says I was a fast learner, always ahead of my age. My father taught me to swim before I could walk. I walked at seven months and climbed over a seven foot chain link fence when I was one year old. Everyone in the circus thought I was going to be a trapeze artist.

When I was two, I traveled with my parents to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where they studied art. Spanish became my second language. Because my mother read to me every day, I fell in love with books and was reading by age three.

My parents had two more girls, which made me the oldest sister. All of us were trained in the arts: music, dance, painting, and drama. We had a miniature stage in our basement, complete with light-bulb floodlights and a dusty red velvet curtain. Admission for the plays we produced was a bargain--twenty-five cents.

When I was in the first grade, I wanted to grow up to be an artist like my father. Then, in the fourth grade, I decided I'd like to be a children's book author. As an adult who writes and illustrates children's books, I have realized both my childhood ambitions.

I got in trouble in school once for crossing out my favorite author's name and putting in mine--Audrey Brewer instead of Dr. Seuss!

My great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all professional artists. Since I am also a professional artist, there are four consecutive generations of artists in our family. However, I am the only female artist.

On our honeymoon, I read my new husband Don Wood the classic children's book entitled At the Back of the North Wind. Seven years later, we teamed up to create our first picture book together.

When our son Bruce Robert was two years old, I began to read picture books to him. He helped to remind me of my childhood ambitions. That's when I began to write children's books seriously.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Furlong on March 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
I think this is one of Audrey Wood's best books. The little kitty cats are given a letter by Mama cat to take to town to the post office. As they set off on their first journey without Mama, they begin "to wonder and worry" about scarey, woeful, terrible things..." Truly adorable and fun to read. I must have read it 20x to my 3 year old in the first 24 hours of owning it. Then my daughter took the book and started "reading" it on her own when I couldn't sit with her. I just love this book, and so does my little girl. Really, cute and emotionally expressive illustrations. Don't hesitate to buy this one. Get the hardcover Child's Play Library edition if you can.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kate in MA on December 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am 30 years old have fantastic memories of my mom reading this to me as a child. Fantastic illustrations! Repetition that's wonderful for children!
I read a lot of books as a child but this makes it into my Top 10!
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By Bronny on November 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a great book, but the story and pictures are not particularly suited to 1-year-olds. I think my daughter got a little frightened by it all.
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