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Kitten's First Full Moon
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Kitten's First Full Moon (Japanese Edition)

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Japanese edition of 'Kitten's First Full Moon' winner of the 2005 Caldecott Medal, Kevin Henkes. The little kitten sees her first full moon. She follows it, but cannot reach In Japanese. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Fukuinkan Shoten/Tsai Fong Books (first published March 2nd 2004)
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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!
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
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
Rachel Lizan
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
Casey Brock
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jaclyn Giordano
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
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
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
Dover Public Library Readers Advisory
Kitten’s First Full Moon tells the tale of a young kitten who, upon seeing her first full moon, is convinced it is a bowl of milk. The story follows Kitten’s struggles as she tries in vain to reach the always just-out-of-reach bowl of milk. She tries to leap towards it, she tries to reach it by climbing a tree, she even goes after its reflection in a pond. But the story ends happily – when Kitten returns home she finds a real bowl of milk waiting for her on the steps.

Recommendation: This sweet a
Genre: Picture Book / Fiction

The first thing I noticed with this picture book was the illustrations. Each page is illustrated using charcoal and thick black lines that complement the cat and the moon. Kitten’s First Full Moon is about a kitten thinking the moon is a giant bowl of milk and she sets off on a little adventure to get some of that milk. I think the main theme for this story is, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” The kitten remains so persistent to get the milk all the
Alex Roth
Kevin Henkes created this sweet and simple story about a young Kitten with dreams of getting to the moon. This young Kitten mistakes the moon for a large bowl of milk and works all night to try to get this bowl of milk. For a young child this book is very silly and fun to read because the children know that the moon is not a bowl of milk but find it funny that the kitten thinks this.

I really like that this book is in black and white only, I think that it really makes the book stand out from oth
This would be a good book for children just beginning how to read and interpret illustrations. Outside on the stairs, Kitten looks up at the night sky. When she saw the moon, she thought it was a bowl of milk up there, but she could not get to it. She tries chasing it by climbing up a tree, then looking down she notices a bigger bowl of milk. This was really a puddle with the moon’s reflection so she got all wet when landing in it. She goes back to the steps where an actual bowl of milk was wait ...more
Heather Hilliker
Kitten’s First Full Moon (Henkes, 2004) is a sweet and easy read for all, but especially the young, to enjoy. In this tale by Kevin Henkes (2004), a young kitten sets out to reach the moon, which she thinks is a large milk bowl. The author-illustrator uses only black, white, and grey to depict his story, and yet, his choice to exclude color only adds to the image of nightfall. Kitten’s First Full Moon (Henkes, 2004) allows the kitten to be brought to life with shading, and the use of lines, sinc ...more
The illustrations throughout this story were very unique in that it was all black and white. I thought it was a very simplistic way to portray the story line without distracting the intended reader. In progressing through the text I thought the representation of the milk actually being the moon was a fun additive to the novel because I think a lot of children have misconceptions of the moon and their thoughts of its ever changing location. I liked the detail that was provided throughout the kitt ...more
Muhuawu wu
I don't know how a person goes about making a black and white picture book appear to shimmer and shine, but somehow or other author Kevin Henkes does it. Having decided to conquer the world of cats as well as the world of mice (if this statement confuses you a single glimpse of "Lily's Purple Plastic Purse" should explain what I mean), Henkes has shifted his focus squarely on a small hungry kitten. Inviting child audiences to simultaneously pity and scoff (nicely) at its small mistaken heroine, ...more
Emily Nunez-Eddy
Kevin Henkes, author of "Birds", produces another wonderful tale with "Kitten's First Full Moon". When a little kitten sees the moon and mistakes it for a BIG bowl of milk, the kitten goes on a long journey to find his amazing bowl of milk. When the long journey seems to have no end... will anyone help the little kitten?
Henkes illustrations tend to be simple in general, but the simplicity of his illustrations are furthered in his choice to use only black and white media in this book. Although ma
Madison Hays
Kitten's First Full Moon is written by Kevin Henkes. It is a simple, sweet story about a little kitten who sees his first full moon. He looks at it and thinks it looks like a giant bowl of milk! He won't stop until he gets it. He tries and tries to reach it but he just ends up tired, hungry and sad. The little kitten is having terrible luck but something might come around and fix that!

The illustrations in this story are not very complex. They are all done in black and white with some shadows. T
Kiana Gerard
Kitten's First Full Moon is an adorable story about a kitten encounters what looks like a bowl of milk in the sky. The kitten works hard to try to get this bowl of milk in the sky, but each time the kitten reaches for it, she fails and and tumbles to the ground. This cute kitten relates with smaller children on trying to understand. Form illustrations to the simple texts, Kevin Henkes makes reading fun for younger children with his humor and his way to connect with younger children.

The book is v
Jasmine Tucker
This black-and-white picture book is such a cute tale for children. This book is about a kitten who was sitting on her front porch and saw her very first moon in the sky. Sadly, she mistaken it for a big bowl of milk and she wanted that milk from the moment she laid eyes on it. She tried everything she could think of to get that "bowl of milk" unfortunately not knowing it was just a full moon. Once she gave up trying, what she wanted all along was right were she originally was. The major theme o ...more
Jordan Traylor
This is a story of a kitten who mistakes a full moon for a giant bowl of milk. The kitten continuously tries to get to the giant bowl, but every way she tries fails. The kitten tries stretching her tongue, reaching and even climbing a tree, but nothing works. The kitten eventually gives up and returns home to find a large bowl of milk waiting for her. The message of the book is to be patient and work for something that you really want, because in the end you will be rewarded. Kevin Henkes illust ...more
Kitten's First Full Moon was about a kitten who saw her first full moon one night and thought it was a bowl of milk! The kitten did everything she could to try to get the bowl of milk, but couldn't ever seem to reach it. After falling into a pond, thinking that the reflection of the moon was an even bigger bowl of milk, the kitten was left hungry and sad. She went home to find a full bowl of milk just for her. The major themes in this book are perseverance because the kitten tried everything she ...more
Stephanie Huntsman
Kitten is determined to get what she thinks is a bowl of milk, when in reality, it is just a full moon. She spends her night doing everything she can to try and get the bowl of milk, from stretching out her neck, jumping from the porch, chasing it, climbing a tree, and jumping in the pond. By the time she was done trying to get the milk, she was discouraged, wet, tired, and hungry, but when she finally got home, there was a bowl of milk waiting for her on the porch.

The theme in this children's
Kitten's First Full Moon is a picture book by Kevin Henkes geared toward the ages four to seven. This story is about an adorable little kitten who refuses to give up on capturing the bowl of milk in the sky (we know it as the moon).She starts off simple, stretching her neck out for a lick, but instead ends up with a bug on her tongue, "Poor Kitten!" Throughout the entire book this little kitten defines the word perseverance.

This book should be utilized for comprehensions skills. Children at thi
Ashley Green
Henke, K. (2004). Kitten's first full moon. New York: Greenwillow Books/HarpersCollins.

Kirkus Reviews, 2004.

Caldecott Award Winner

Kitten's First Full Moon is a book full of adventure, curiosity, and eventually a calm sense of home. The dust jacket (and cover underneath) introduce use to a sneaky-looking kitten who is ready for a night out. I loved the use of thick, dark lines, and simple shading to set the night-time mood. We follow the kitten through her trials and tribulations in pursuit of a
Lisa E
Henkes, K. (2004). Kitten’s First Full Moon. New York: Greenwillow Books.

Caldecott Award Winner (2005)

Choice or Caldecott.

The book is about a kitten which communicates emotions through her eyes, whether it is novelty or surprise. The words in the picture book appear quite big and in bold; the literary elements definitely match well with the visual elements in the picture book. The darkness and light contribute to narrate the story in the picture book, a story that has an aura of mystery.

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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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