Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Caldecott Book: Kitten's First Full Moon

Citation: Henkes, K. (2006). Kitten’s first full moon. New York: Greenwillow Books.

1. What did you like or dislike about the book?
This is such a sweet book. Many children enjoy animals, especially kittens, so children would appreciate this book. I love how the kitten mistakes the moon for a bowl of milk. This book shows the persistence of the kitten in getting what it wants.

2. What in your life may have influenced your reaction or response to this book?
I have always loved animals, so it is only natural that this book would appeal to animal lovers, even adults.

3. How would you compare this book to another book or books, or book or books by same author?
This book reminds me of My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann. It would also go well with Frank Asch's Moongame and Nancy Elizabeth Wallace's The Sun, the Moon and the Stars for nocturnal celebrations. Other books by this author include Chrysanthemum, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Julius, the Baby of the World, Wemberly Worried, Chester's Way, and Shelia Rae, The Brave.

4. What new thing (information or insight) did you learn about children's literature in reading this book? I learned that books don’t necessarily have to have a message, but a book can sometimes just be pleasurable to read, although I do think that this book could teach children to be persistent and not give up.

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