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Kitten's First Full Moon

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The nationally bestselling picture book about a kitten, the moon, and a bowl of milk, written by the celebrated author and illustrator Kevin Henkes, was awarded a Caldecott Medal.

From one of the most celebrated and beloved picture book creators working in the field today comes a memorable new character and a suspenseful adventure just right for reading and sharing at home
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 2nd 2004 by Greenwillow Books
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Caldecott Medal Winners
15th out of 79 books — 346 voters
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Picture Books about Cats
2nd out of 366 books — 172 voters


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Kathryn
Aug 05, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Simple, sweet story with Caldecott-winning cuddly charcoal style artwork about a kitten who, in her wide-eyed innocence, mistaken a full moon for a bowl of milk. The ensuing adventure is full of mistakes and disappointment but a welcome treat is waiting for her at the end of it all!
Casey Brock
Nov 05, 2009 Casey Brock rated it really liked it
Grade Level: (K-1) Beginning K would be able to listen and then eventually read and 1 would be able to read independently.

Henkes uses interesting artistic angles in the story. His lack of color provides a nice night time atmosphere. It allows the reader to focus mainly on the kitten and the moon, the two basic things in the story. Also, the moon seems to grow and get larger each page as the kitten appears to try to get closer to the moon. The thick blank lines give the story a child-like, fun a
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Ronyell
I have been reading Kevin Henkes’ works ever since I was a child and every one of his children’s books always featured mice as the main characters. Well, imagine my surprise when I finally found a book by Kevin Henkes that was about a cat! “Kitten’s First Full Moon” is a Caldecott Medal award winning book by Kevin Henkes and it is about a small kitten who tries to grab a bowl of milk in the sky (the moon!) “Kitten’s First Full Moon” is a truly cute book that every child would definitely love for ...more
Sarah Sammis
Jul 06, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pc, read-in-2009
Kittens First Full Moon is written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes and is a Caldecott Medal Winner (2005). In black and white line drawings it tells the story of a young kitten out to explore during a full moon. Unfortunately for the young cat the moon looks like a big bowl of cream.

The illustrations are done in the style of a graphic novel or manga. They are bold, expressive and could easily carry the story without the text. Sometimes my daughter just likes to leaf through the book to admire th
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Rachel Lizan
Feb 22, 2014 Rachel Lizan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
Description: Kitten witnesses her first full moon and beings a quest to catch what she thinks is a giant bowl of milk in the sky.

Genre: This picture book is fiction

Intended Audience: Preschool - 1st Grade

Curriculum Connection: Because of the obstacles and surprises that kitten faces, I would use this book to show children how to make predictions. As each new situation presents itself to kitten, I would stop and have students guess the outcome. After the first few, their predictions will become m
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Julia Brumfield
Oct 14, 2015 Julia Brumfield rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, book
A charming book about a kitten whose hungry tummy sends her off into an adventure.

The writing was easy to follow and read so a definite choice for children learning to read. And my only true problem with the story was the belief a mama cat would make sure her kittens know a bowl of milk couldn't be found in the sky or a pond of water (something trivial).

Otherwise the illustrations were adorable. I truly enjoyed the little kitty as she was full of expressive faces and realistic poises even if a
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Teneka Howland
Nov 11, 2009 Teneka Howland rated it really liked it
(Pre-K - 1st grade)

I really enjoyed the simplicity of this book. The text was big and easy to read. The simple repetition of this book made some parts predictable. The author's use of dynamic balance was visible throughout the book as well. The pictures in this book were made using many simple, geometric shapes. I think that the author's choice of black and white pictures complimented this book well. There were also parts in the story where each step kitten made was detailed in the pictures. Thi
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Erin
May 07, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing
Kitten’s First Full Moon is about a kitten that mistakenly thinks the full moon is a big bowl of milk; after several tries that all end in disappointment; kitten finds a happy ending waiting for her after all. Readers will quickly become enamored by kitten in this charming and entertaining book about determination, disappointment, and finally reward. The illustrations are all black and white consisting of bold outlines paired with light to heavy shading. Some of the illustrations are done using ...more
Roger DeBlanck
Feb 01, 2012 Roger DeBlanck rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Kevin Henkes’ Kitten’s First Full Moon won the Caldecott Award in large part for its mesmerizing use of colors. This book possesses a brilliant sparkle and glow—it’s done entirely in black, white, silver, and gray. Henkes perfectly contrasts these four colors to animate the book with an experience of beholding a full moon. Then he adds an adorable white kitten in this setting, and the story is ready to roll. The kitten sees the full moon as a bowl of milk. She wishes to have a drink, so she leap ...more
Amanda Toombs
Oct 12, 2011 Amanda Toombs rated it it was amazing
Genre: Picture book—Other

Summary: A kitten sees her first full moon one night and believes it is a bowl of milk. She tries extremely hard to get what she thought was the milk but only fails time after time. Upset, the little kitten goes back home, where there is a bowl of milk waiting for her.
Critique:
a. As being a picture book and a 2005 Caldecott winner, of course the greatest strength of this book is the black and white illustrations. These illustrations are very different from any of the
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Ch13_julie
Feb 04, 2013 Ch13_julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Have you ever wanted anything that is just a little out of your reach? If so, “Kitten’s First Full Moon” is the perfect book for you. This children’s picture book is about a little kitten that sees its first full moon. The kitten believes the moon is a bowl of milk and will go to great lengths to get the milk. As you can imagine, the kitten encounters some difficulties in this task. Henkes uses both humor and sensitivity to tell this story about a lovable kitten.

My understanding of the overall
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Jaclyn Giordano
Feb 01, 2010 Jaclyn Giordano rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes was the 2005 Caldecott Medal winner. I gave this book five stars. This picture book is intended for readers from preschool to grade two but its themes are universal. The book follows kitten in her many attempts to find that big bowl of milk, which happens to be the moon. She runs, she jumps, she climbs, but to no avail. However, when finally returning home, she finds that dish of milk waiting for her, and she is happy. This book symbolizes our determinat ...more
Grace
Oct 07, 2013 Grace rated it really liked it
Do you remember the first full moon you ever saw? While many people may not have the same experience as Kitten, I am sure different thoughts run through your head about what it was, shining in the sky. Kitten’s First Full Moon is the story of a little kitten’s imagination and desire for a bowl of milk. While the illustrations and simple text are in black and white, Kevin Henkes sharply animates the little kitten’s chase for the bowl of milk in the sky. His use of light vocabulary and minimal tex ...more
Stacy Mar
Feb 13, 2016 Stacy Mar rated it it was amazing
I read this book with my daughter (9 years old). She loves kitties, so this book was a win.

The story is sweet, simple and endearing.

Also love the black and white pencil/charcoal drawings.

Recommend for lower grade school children.

Megan
Apr 30, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it
I've been babysitting my 5-year-old cousin Mary Jane a lot more than usual lately and this has definitely been her favorite bedtime book. I actually enjoyed the story as well and it's been quite fun to read to her. The illustrations are beautiful and the kitten is adorable. It held Mary Jane's attention every time we reread it - no interruptions or questions about how she can postpone bedtime just a little bit more, so yay for that. I'm not good at reading into children's books to get a deeper m ...more
Anna Nowinski
Oct 09, 2015 Anna Nowinski rated it really liked it
Very cute. Nothing revolutionary, but super cute. Especially since I have a new kitten!
Candace Nelson
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Hankes tells the story of a kitten that witnesses her first full moon and thinks it’s a glass of milk in the sky. He knows she wants to milk so bad that she searches for it but can never get it. Throughout the story she tries to get the glass of milk but finds herself only getting hungrier and more frustrated. After a night of searching Kitten decides to call it quite. Finally when she comes home from her quest a bowl of milk is waiting for her. The illustration ...more
Carlee Cox
Mar 29, 2016 Carlee Cox rated it it was amazing
Kitten’s First Full Moon, by Kevin Henkes, is a simplistic story about a kitten who sees the moon and mistakes it for a saucer of milk in the night sky. The kitten attempts to reach the “milk” several ways. Trying to jump or climb higher into the sky in order to reach the moon proves unsuccessful. The kitten even notices the reflection of the moon in some water and attempts to dive into the milk, only getting wet in the process. At the end of the story, the kitten gives up and goes home, only to ...more
Marissa Lazar
Feb 11, 2016 Marissa Lazar rated it liked it
"Kitten's First Full Moon" by Kevin Henkes is a very simple picture storybook that is full of adventure with a surprise at the end! The poor little kitten see's her very first full moon and mistakes it for a saucer of milk. She tries and tries to get to saucer of milk by: stretching, jumping, and even climbing a tree. She then sees the reflection of the full moon in the pond and thinks that it's an even larger saucer of milk, she gets so excited and jumps towards the milk, but ends up jumping ri ...more
Samantha Williamson
Feb 07, 2016 Samantha Williamson rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
In 2005, Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes won the Caldecott Medal. I chose this book because I wanted to familiarize myself with award winning books over the past 10 years. Also, I am an animal lover. Kitten’s First Full Moon is a cute story about a curious and hungry kitten who thinks the full moon is a bowl of milk. The inside of the dust cover starts by saying, “What a night! The moon is full. Kitten is hungry and inquisitive, and brave, and fast, and persistent, and unlucky…then luck ...more
Samantha Williamson
In 2005, Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes won the Caldecott Medal. I chose this book because I wanted to familiarize myself with award winning books over the past 10 years. Also, I am an animal lover. Kitten’s First Full Moon is a cute story about a curious and hungry kitten who thinks the full moon is a bowl of milk. The inside of the dust cover starts by saying, “What a night! The moon is full. Kitten is hungry and inquisitive, and brave, and fast, and persistent, and unlucky…then luck ...more
Hailey
Feb 04, 2016 Hailey rated it liked it
"Kitten's First Full Moon" by Kevin Henkes is about a small kitten seeing the moon as a bowl of milk. Everyone knows kittens love to drink milk! This story is an example of a progressive plot because the Kitten is going out to get this big bowl of milk she sees that is actually the moon. The climax of the story is when kitten gets tired and decides to give up on trying to get to the big bowl of milk. I thought the book was a cute book and used a great example of imagination. Children are so crea ...more
Maria
Jan 30, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it
Summary: This book tells the story of the time a little kitten saw a full moon for the first time. When she first saw it, she thought it was a bowl of milk in the sky – a bowl she was determined to drink from. After multiple failed attempts on trying to reach it, she gives up and goes back home. To her pleasant surprise, a real great big bowl of milk was waiting for her right on the steps of her home's porch. The little kitten’s quest was worth the struggle after all.

Major Themes: The major the
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Samie Soisson
Jan 27, 2016 Samie Soisson rated it it was amazing
In this story there is a kitten who sees the moon in the sky and mistakes it for a bowl of milk. She really wants the bowl so she leaves home trying to find it. She climbs on trees and tries to reach it, but she cannot. She gets super sad and goes home and finds milk waiting for her and she gets happy.

This story has a simple plot and is closed ending, because at the end she gets a bowl of milk and gets happy. The pictures and the words both tell the story.
The kitten is the protagonist and she
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Laura Hayden
Jan 25, 2016 Laura Hayden rated it really liked it
Kittens First Full Moon
Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes
Reviewed by Laura Hayden

In the book Kitten’s First Full Moon Kevin Henkes both wrote and illustrated the book. This book won the Caldecott medal in 2005. The words are in sans-serif and are a little bit bigger than normal for easy reading. The book is drawn in charcoal and pencil. A lot of the pages have the drawings outlined in black with the words underneath. The simplicity of the black and white is very attractive and doesn’t distr
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Gloria
Dec 21, 2015 Gloria rated it it was amazing
Cuteness!
Laura Hines
Dec 08, 2015 Laura Hines rated it did not like it
Shelves: caldecott
This book tells the story of a little kitten that confuses the moon with a bowl of milk. tHe story line is basic and just flat out adorable. The illustrator, Henkes, did all of the illustrations in black and white. This is a bold move for a children’s book but is also a very unique. The illustrations being all black and white actually made the full moon come to life. For me, the color choice helped key into the story of the kitten’s thoughts. This particular book wasn’t as realistic as some of t ...more
Brieanna Olsen
Dec 08, 2015 Brieanna Olsen rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-for-children
I think this book is adorable. As a cat person myself, I love to read about anything that has to do with them. The little kitten in the book sees the moon outside for the first time and thinks that it is a giant bowl of milk. I really like the illustrations and how the kitten is drawn so simple, yet it looks very well done. The writing scheme is also set up in a very presentable way. I think what is unique about this book is the colors are all black and white. I believe that this was the chosen ...more
Andrew Upchurch
Kitten’s fist full moon was full of surprises. She saw the moon and thought it looked like a big bowl of milk. So she did as all kittens would do and she tried to lick the bowl. However, the kitten was surprised when she got a taste full of bug rather than milk. She then tried to jump up to the bowl and grab it. However, the kitten fell and hit her nose. But she still really wanted that bowl. So she ran and ran trying to get closer. The kitten then tried to climb a tree to reach the bowl. While ...more
Alyssa Crowley
Plot Summary/Personal Response: Kitten’s First Full Moon is a story about a curious kitten who is insistent upon drinking from the “little bowl of milk in the sky.” She came up with different ways to try and get to the bowl. She stretched and tried licking it but only to end up with a bug on her tongue. She then tried to jump and grab it out of the sky, but fell down the stairs. She tried chasing it, climbing a tree for it, and jumping into the pond for it, but she only ended up sad, tired, and ...more
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Kevin Henkes became an author/illustrator when he was nineteen years old, working on a card table in his bedroom.
Today he's the author of many award-winning picture books and novels.
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