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Kitten's First Full Moon Hardcover – March 2, 2004
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Any child who has yearned for anything will understand how much Kitten wants that elusive bowl of milk. Readers will giggle as she tries to lick the faraway moon and gets a bug on her tongue, or leaps to catch it and falls down the stairs. In an effective refrain, the narrator repeats, "Still, there was the little bowl of milk, just waiting." The winning combination here is the simplicity and humor of the story, paired with gorgeous black-and-white illustrations with thick black lines (mirrored by the thick bold sans-serif font) and shades of grey that are as luminous as a moonlit night should be. Full-moon circles and ovals appear throughout the design: white circle full moons on the endpapers, elliptical flowers by the porch, white circles of firefly light, oval pads on Kitten's paws, and her big round eyes (especially when surprised and soaking wet). Children will love Kitten's quest and ensuing comedy of errors, but what they will love even more is that there's an actual bowl of milk waiting on the porch for Kitten. (Preschool) --Karin Snelson
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Kitten, we take it, is not very old. In fact, for the first time ever she's experiencing her first full moon. Apparently no one thought to explain to Kitten exactly what a moon is and since her only frame of reference for a large round white thing is a bowl of milk, that's exactly what she mistakes the moon to be. What follows is a series of mild calamities as Kitten tries time and again to reach that tempting bowl of milk in the sky. Simply sticking her tongue out doesn't work. She gets fireflies stuck there. Leaping at the moon from the house's steps doesn't work. She just bumps her bum. Chasing the moon over hill and dale doesn't work. Kitten can't help but notice that she never gets closer. After other mistakes Kitten, dejected and more than a little soggy, returns home to find an inviting bowl of milk sitting on her home's steps just for her. Says the last line in the book, "Lucky Kitten".
The illustrations in this book are, in a word, luminous. Somehow Henkes has taken somewhat bland black and grey gouache and colored pencils and used them to give the impression of a world bathed in shimmering moonlight.Read more ›
The book tells the story of a little kitten who sees a full moon for the first time in his life. She thinks it's a bowl full of milk and with humor and a lot of charm, proceeeds to try and get to that bowl by jumping, climbing a tree, etc. All very delightful. Just a great new kids book that I'm sure will be on bookshelfs for a long, long time!
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This is one of my children's all-time favorites and I love it, too. My older daughter was gifted a hardcover copy for her first birthday, and I bought this board book version for... Read morePublished 21 hours ago by HapaMama
I see this book "Supports the Common Core State Standards". Well, I don't support authors that support Common Core in our schools.Published 1 day ago by Arthur Frame
Adorable. I love to read to my 5 month old. She doesn't quite pay attention but it's good for her development.Published 27 days ago by Laura Sullivan
Although somewhat pretty, the message of this story is amazingly bad. The story is basically this kitten chasing a big bowl of milk in the sky and always failing then she comes... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I liked it, but did feel sorry for the cat. Unfortunately, it was for my child, not me, and she was bored by half way through. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary Ellen Kenemer