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The Shy Little Kitten (Big Little Golden Book)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  4,757 ratings  ·  41 reviews
One beautiful day, a shy little kitten embarks on a journey filled with adventure! In the course of her wanderings, she meets an interesting and often amusing collection of fellow creatures. The Shy Little Kitten, with illustrations by the renowned Gustaf Tenggren.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 14th 2004 by Golden Books (first published 1946)
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It's just not my thing... I don't understand why the kitten is labelled shy when it heads out to explore the world while its siblings stay home, and, while I know it's wrong to compare novels such as this to other similar ones, I don't understand why the pokey little puppy got in trouble for running away and the shy little kitten didn't... Just screams discrimination to me... Might have to check spark notes for further analysis...
Shawn Thrasher
The enchanting mid century illustrations are the saving grace for this strange little story. The illustrations would make excellent wall paper for a children's room in a midcentury modern home...

Exactly why was a kitten eating a carrot at the end? And what was so funny about a bee stinging a frog? I don't think that was funny, I think it sounds painful. Plus, they all laughed at him, and then he laughed along, but I doubt he found it amusing. I think they were all stoned at the end, particularl
Troy picked up this book at a yard sale, and when I got a hold of it, I read this book out loud to my kitten. We both seemed to enjoy it.

Strangely, I'm considering the illustration on the last page as a tattoo.

Yes, I'm a crazy cat lady.
I'm not sure what makes this kitten shy. She's the only kitten who leaves their mother and the only kitten who makes friends with other creatures; that seems pretty outgoing to me!
I really really liked this book because I had it since I was a baby and I really really like cats.
When I was first able to read, I kept this book on hand at (nearly) all times. The first signs of destruction were the peeling of the spine, the next, the pages falling from inside, here and there, so only bits and pieces of the story remained. So I glued it back together, again...and again...and again...until my mom bought a two new copies. One kept hidden, and the other for me to carry around again. I feel terribly sorry for my mom, as she read it to me, listened to me read it out loud. I must ...more
In a little pile of books in the corner of my favorite bar in Barcelona was this one.I had forgotten the was my very first book...but I never forgot the sense of identification I felt with that shy little kitten,whose curiousity took her so far.

I also remember the feelings evoked by especially the mole,who for some reason I found very disturbing, and that little black dog with the very pink mouth,scared me silly and was probably one of the reasons I wasted a lot of years being afraid o
For the past few nights, my four-year-old son has been taking a few Little Golden Books to bed. I'm not really sure if it is because of the stories or the shiny gold spines. The Shy Little Kitten he seems especially fond of.

We have three cats in our house. Not one of them was shy little kitten. They all, however, were just as cute as the shy little kitten. I think the story might have been written around the adorable illustrations, but it still works. What is really great is not only is this bo
I do not like this book - the writing style is very outdated (published in 1946) and the 'shy little kitten' part makes me feel like the author is referring to girls in general, for some reason. But Kate seems to really enjoy it, so out it comes every night.
As an old classic, this story still proves its importance through its pages. I was a shy girl when I was little and used to do the things this little kitten does. That is why I love this story for I could connect to it. This is a lovely beginning read for those that are intimidated by others or reading in general. It really helps take the shyness away, and it even provides comprehension questions at the end too.
This is cute - sky little kitten has adventures with the various creatures in the neighborhood. I thought it would have some big "be true to yourself" moral, but not really. It's just a kitty cat playing with her neighborhood friends. Not even a chastisement by mother cat for taking off!
Why is the little kitten shy? What are the consequences (other than a nice walk with mole)? I guess the story's very childlike in that, like a story told by a child, it has no point. The kids I read it to were deeply dissatisfied with that though. They expected better.
A very basic story that I only picked up because I love cats and the illustrations are fabulously vintage. I think once my little one is old enough to really understand what I'm reading (or able to read themselves) this one will start collecting dust on the shelf.
Tayler K
Mom picked this up for me from the drug store while waiting for our prescriptions (antibiotics, prednisone, and codeine syrup, yikes). The illustrations are very cute and the kitten goes on a nice adventure and makes new friends. :)
Randy Daugherty
The shy little kitten and his adventures around the farm,This is a great first read book and one very child would easily be able to make it through and enjoy while doing it.
Sarah Adamson
This is a sweet story, obviously an older book but for us it just started a huge discussion about wandering off and not going with strangers even if they are a cute little mole or extra fluffy dog. So I just struggled with this one a bit!
I was surprised by what good condition this was in, compared to other books from my childhood. then I realized that it wasn't from my childhood, it was a recent copy given to the girls. Man, that 1946 artwork is odd.
H.L. Stephens
Another favorite from the Golden Books collection.
Bill Cather
Gustaf Tenggren is a wonderful illustrator!
♥ Sarah ♥
Jan 03, 2015 ♥ Sarah ♥ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, childrens

Purchased: $0.65 on eBay
I read this while waiting for a table at the Swedish restaurant yesterday; it was at the Swedish shop across the street. The illustrator, Gustaf Tenggren, is Swedish-American. Anyway, I'm a sucker for cat books and the illustration of the shy little kitten looked very much like my big shy cat. The story was...well, for kids, but I did like the illustrations, which look like watercolor. The kittens just look so fuzzy! lol
This was part of the winter book collection at Chik-fil-a. This is probably my least favorite of the group. The watercolor drawings are a bit odd at times and the story makes women appear weak. That being said it is story about a female kitten who is lost and tries to find mother again. She meets a mole and frog along the way.
Nancy Shaffer
Very cute story, loved the illustrations, especially the kittens face!
I read this to my 2nd youngest daughter, aged four. I enjoyed it, mostly because the story is one of independence, where the kitten has an adventure, and it has a happy ending. This is how most things end in life, and I am glad the kitten had a nice adventure.
Apr 18, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2009, childrens, pets
Short book about a little kitten who gets separated from her siblings and mama and has a little adventure before finding her way back home. Cute, colorful illustrations that seem to stand the test of time, since the book was written over 60 years ago.
This book was about a shy kitten she went and met many animals. I liked this book because the kitten was cute. My favorite character was the shy little kitten because she's cute. I would recommend this book.
Plot be damned, Logan likes any book with cute pictures of kittens or cats. And these are pretty darn cute. I find the plot dated and irritating to read, but Logan likes to "read" it to himself quite a bit.
This gentle little narrative describes a shy kitten who goes for a walk with a mole. She meets a frog, a puppy, and a squirrel. Along with her mother, siblings and some other farm animals, they have a picnic.
i remember reading alot of these books from the big little golden book collection and i think this one was my favorite as a child....too bad i dont have them anymore!
The idea is to introduce animals as the shy kitten ventures out from the farm around the country. Odd to laugh at the poor frog who gets stung by a bee.
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