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K is For Kitten Hardcover – September 30, 2002
From Publishers Weekly
A day in the life of an irresistible lost and found kitten unfolds through the letters of the alphabet in Leopold's (Once I Was...) sophomore effort. "A is for Alley/ Where a kitten meowed./ Finally I found her,/ Tiny and loud." Jeffers's (the McDuff books) opening spread details the meeting: a framed panel depicts the curious girl, her mother and their dog leaning between two buildings; a close-up, opposite, reveals the green-eyed tabby surrounded by two pairs of feet (and paws). Enlarged, boldface letters kick off each couplet, which, combined with the illustrations, often convey a playful humor. For instance, for the letter Q, the top panel ("Q is for Quarrel./ Here comes a real cat") depicts a full-grown white cat approaching the kitten, Rosie, while the lower panel (`This is my garden,'/ Says Rosie, `you scat!' ") reveals the true reason for the cat's exit off the right-hand side of the page-Rosie stands between the dog's legs. The cat's antics are so engaging that readers might overlook a few faulty rhymes (limb/again, lives/inside); meanwhile, Jeffers's spot-on illustrations will appeal to animal lovers. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
reSchool-This alphabet book tells the story of Miss Rosie, a kitten rescued from an alley by a little girl. The simple rhyming text describes her adventures and learning experiences from lapping cream or falling into the pond to going to the vet. Each letter is given a four-line verse and highlighted in a larger font in uppercase. The illustrative word can be a noun, a verb, or "Oops" and "ZZzz's." Jeffers's gouache and colored-ink illustrations are enchanting. This feline is a soft, yellow tabby with big green eyes that just about jumps off the page into readers' arms so that they can feel its fur. There are many interesting points to discuss with children, such as the different insects on the "I" spread. The beauty of the book is in its simplicity and veracity. The little girl poised to lap the milk out of the saucer to teach the kitten is typical of a child. Better yet, with yawning girl, kitten, and dog, "Y is for Yawn" makes this a perfect bedtime story. The book is best for one-on-one reading, but the pictures are large enough to use a short rhyme or two in a storytime setting. Preschoolers will love this book.
Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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"A is for alley where a kitten meowed.
Finally I found, tiny and loud.
The first line shows a mom, a little girl, and a big ol' dog--maybe a black lab--looking down an alley. Line two shows a tiny kitten looking straight up while two pairs of feet and one leg stand at the edge of the illustration--sandals showing painted toes, red Mary Janes, and a long gray hairy leg with claws at the end of the toes.
"C is for Cream...."
And the little girl shows the kitty how to lap up milk. She names the kitty Miss Rosie.
"J is for Jump
Onto a sack
Over a barrel
to Amos's back."
Amos is the lab. The six pictures of this frolicksome, exuberant kitty are too precious!!
"Q is for Quarrel.
Here comes a real cat.
'This is my garden,'
says Rosie, 'you scat!'"
You should see the little kitten all hissy, standing between the dog's legs, boxing at the grown cat. Susan Jeffers, the illustrator, definitely knows her cats!
"R is for Rambunctious"
as Rosie climbs all over the poor dog, biting here, boxing there, hanging by the dog's ear there.
"Y is for Yawn" and all three yawn--the kitty, the little girl, and the big ol' dog. And of course, "Z is for ZZzz's" while all three sleep snuggled and cozy.
A must-have book for cat lovers, adult or child!
A note to purists: this is one of those books where X does not stand for something that actually starts with X. Rather, it stands for "extra." If this bothers you an immense amount, you might want to avoid the book. Otherwise, I'd recommend it! I think my four-year-old son and my husband would agree.
The book simply goes through the day in the life of a rescued kitten using each alphabet to advance the story. The illustrations are beautiful and the story has a good rhythm to it (told completely in verse).