Children's Lit Book Reviews

Friday, February 12, 2010

Kitten's First Full Moon
By: Kevin Henkes
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 40
Reading Level: 4-8
Genre: Picture Book
Award: Caldecott Award

Henkes creates another winner in this simple, charming story about a naive little kitten who mistakes a round, shining moon for a bowl of milk."

Summary: Kitten's was about to witness her first full moon, and as she looked at it she thought it was a bowl of milk, and she wanted it. Her first reaction was to stick her tongue out and try to lick the milk. But, to her amazement, she only got a mouth full of bugs and no milk. Yet she still desired to have the bowl of milk that was in the sky. So, she chases the milk bowl moon through the garden and field to the pond where she climbs a tree In the tree, she discovered another milk bowl, and this time it was much larger then the one in the sky. But it was just the reflection of the moon shining in the water. She dives in after it anyways. Instead, of milk the kitten now realizes that she was still hungry. This time, instead of bugs in her mouth, her mounth was soak and wet. So she decided to go back to her home, and when she arrived, to her amazement, she found a great big bowl of milk waiting for her on the porch. It was just for her, and she was happy.
Who would benefit from reading this book?: I think that the readability of this book is quite simple, and that even beginner readers could read this and understand it. The story is short but really cute for little children. It would be a great book to share as a read aloud, bedtime story for younger children.
What problems/conflicts could this book potentially cause?: I don't think that there are any problems or conflicts that this book would cause. It is a book meant for younger aged children but is so well put together that anyone could enjoy it.
My reaction: This is a really cute book. It is simple and there''s not much to it. As an education major it made me ponder the stages of learning. This little kitten had to learn for herself that the moon wasn't really a bowl of milk in the sky. While coming to the knowledge herself, she learned valuable lessons while on her little trek. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to young readers as it can teach them about the same steps of learning as the kitten experienced.
posted by Jon Dale at 4:49 AM


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