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Kitten's First Full Moon

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When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 2005 by Scholastic Inc. (first published March 2nd 2004)
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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
Apr 01, 2017 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many other Caldecott books, this could also succeed without the words, but in this case they're so lovely to read (and hear) aloud that they enhance the story, imo. Of course I'm already a fan of Henkes and so am predisposed to enjoy this, but I do believe I'd love it even if I hadn't known the author already.
Aug 05, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jan 02, 2013 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture
What a lot of adventures an unsupervised kitten can have!
Casey Brock
Nov 05, 2009 Casey Brock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Sammis
Apr 25, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Scott Rhee
Aug 26, 2016 Scott Rhee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
My daughter loves "Kitten's First Full Moon", and what's not to love? Kevin Henkes's adorable picture book is about a kitten who sees a bowl of milk in the sky and tries to drink from it. In actuality, it's a full moon, and the kitten's attempts to capture it result in ever-increasing troubles and misadventures. Thankfully, it ends on a high note.

Henkes, who also writes young adult fiction, is apparently an award-winning writer and illustrator of children's picture books as well. This particular
Things I liked:
-kittens (duh)
-expressive, thick, black and white illustrations
-very cute-funny
-the kitten's experiences figuring out what something new is (thinking the full moon is a bowl of milk) is also an experience kids have
-the repetition of "poor kitten" which is really fun to say and then the change to "lucky kitten"
-the repetition of the quest to get it, then "still, there was the little bowl of milk, just waiting"
Samantha Mestnik
Jun 03, 2017 Samantha Mestnik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This is a really cute book about a kitten who mistakes her first full moon for a bowl of milk. The story is adorable and the artwork is astounding. The writing is simple yet fun and the character of the little kitten is strong, she is well driven and strives for what she wants, even though she couldn't get it. . Henkes draws with charcoal and the black and white illustrations seem to actually evoke moonlight. This book would be best suited for new reading because of its simplicity but I do see h ...more
Jun 03, 2017 Karli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I did not really enjoy this book. I think it was too easy for children to predict. The illustrations show the process of the kitten trying to get the milk from the moon. The kitten is very cute and goes on quite the adventure to try and get milk, but there are not enough details to give a better story. I think it could use more detail. I do like the black and white balance though. It is definitely a difference in the usual colorful books.
Another award-winner. I really love the expressiveness of the illustrations.

Notes on representation: The only character is a kitten.
Amanda Toombs
Oct 12, 2011 Amanda Toombs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Feb 04, 2013 Ch13_julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 06, 2017 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I found this book through the ALSC Website. It was the winner of the Caldecott Medal and the Charlotte Zolotow Award. The story starts off with a kitten that sees a full moon for the first time and thinks it is a big bowl of milk. Determined to drink the milk, Kitten tries many different ways to get to it such as sticking out her tongue, jumping, or chasing it. In the end the exhausted kitten does not get the milk in the sky but comes back home to a nice big bowl of milk.

Kevin Henkes breaks awa
Teneka Howland
(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
Aly Gutierrez
Dec 01, 2016 Aly Gutierrez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
• Book summary
-This story is about a kitten that saw a full moon for the first time. She believed the moon was a bowl of milk. She tried and tried to reach the bowl of milk, with no luck. After jumping into a reflection made in water, she gave up and walked home. She returned home and was thrilled to see a little bowl of milk waiting for her.

• Caldecott Medal

• Grade level, interest level, Lexile

• Appropriate classroom use (subject area)
-This story can be used to teach children to never gi
Rachel Lizan
Feb 22, 2014 Rachel Lizan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jaclyn Giordano
Jan 30, 2010 Jaclyn Giordano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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 due to the fact that it is 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 into this setting. The story moves playfully forward as the kitten sees the full moon as a bowl of milk. She wishes to have a dri ...more
Alexandra Ibberson
Feb 04, 2017 Alexandra Ibberson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit
This is a Caldecott Award winner. It's a story of a little kitten who sees his first full moon in the sky and thinks it's a bowl of milk. He tries and tries to reach the bowl of milk and has many mishaps along the way. Eventually he returns home and finds a warm bowl of milk on his own front porch.
The illustrations are all in black and white which is unusual for a children's book but they are simple and cute. Young children will enjoy the story and can learn that sometimes the things we desire
Cassandra Lemieux
Nov 30, 2016 Cassandra Lemieux rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summaries
1. Summary: Kitten's First Full Moon is about a young kitten who sees a huge full moon in the sky and this reminds the kitten of a big bowl of milk. You have to read to figure out if she gets it!
2. Grade: pre k-k
3. Classroom use: After reading this book I would do a project where I show different shapes and we think about what those shapes reminds us of. Each child will pick a shape and draw what they see it as. It is a good lesson over point of view.
4. Students who might benefit: Students who l
Sep 20, 2016 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book summary: This is an award winning book. This book is about a kitten who is hungry for a bowl of milk and thinks that the moon is the bowl of milk and she tries to catch it. It is well written, funny and a good read.
Grade level: K-3
Appropriate classroom use: This could be a good book to help students identify words and read the words aloud. They can work on pronunciation.
Indv. students who might benefit: Students that like cats. Students that want a light heart-ed good read.
Small group us
Apr 30, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 07, 2013 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
2.5 out of 5
Short and sweet story about a kitten that mistook a full moon for a bowl of milk.

Simple black-and-white illustrations not only nicely complement the laconic text but also effectively convey a nighttime atmosphere:

Nov 13, 2016 Weston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, my review is heavily subjective. I'm a huge cat fan and I love Kevin Henkes as a storyteller. As I read this book for the first time, I couldn't help but think of this book as a classic nighttime book for children. The story is gentle, easy to follow, and engaging. Henkes' greyscale illustrations are clean, uncomplicated, and charismatic. They are instantly recognizable! The kitten in the story is beautifully designed and I can easily see children wanting to revisit the book for ...more
Oct 14, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anna Smith
Story Summary: A little kitten is so very thirsty that every think he sees looks like a big bowl of milk! He thinks the moon is milk and the pond! He finally gets so tired that he goes back home and then finally he has his very own bowl of milk just for him !
Grade Level: 1st-2nd
Individual: Children who love animals or black and white books!
Classroom: Read Aloud
Small Group: Discuss why the cat thought it was his milk
Whole Group: Discuss how the cat never gave up.
Related Readings: Kitten Books
May 03, 2016 Tonika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so cute. The kitty in this book thought that the moon was actually her bowl of milk and she tried to get to it but it was too high in the sky so she tried and tried and then ran into a big puddle that looked like a larger bowl of milk and jumped in it and realized it wasn't a bowl of milk and went home and saw on her porch a real bowl of milk waiting just for her. I enjoyed this book very much.
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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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