Monday, March 9, 2009

Kitten's First Full Moon, by Kevin Henkes

Awarded the Caldecott Medal in 2005, this gorgeous picture book is a new classic. Kevin Henkes is known for his many picture books about sassy mice like Lilly, Owen, and my personal favorite, Chrysanthemum. Kitten's First Full Moon is a touching tale about a kitten seeing (what else?) a bowl of milk when he gazes at the moon. He is persistent and adorable, and the black and white illustrations are crisp and luminous. The book's underlying message is that we can achieve what we believe, and the young protaganist draws the reader into his innocent despair as he tries to reach his goal. The book itself feels so large and square and so unlike Henkes' rectangular, colorful mouse books, delightful as they are in their own right. Dive in!

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  1. We are proud owners of this book. I love the innocence of the story and the illustrations!

  2. I have Wemberly Worried...but this book sounds lovely...I will definitely check it out!


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