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Kitten's First Full Moon
Kevin Henkes
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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
Tracey Demario
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes is a Caldecott Medal winning picturebook for ages birth through five (N). The story features a tenacious kitty and her attempts to reach the biggest bowl of milk she's ever seen. Although things don't always work out for her, children will enjoy following her adventures and cheering her on each step of the way. The repetitive phrases, simple plot, and expressive illustrations make this an appealing read aloud book. I like the way the black and white outli ...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
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
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.

A par
This book is about a determined, young kitten who see her first full moon and thinks it is a bowl of milk. The kitten tries hard to lick this " bowl of milk", but keeps coming up short. Panic ensues as the kitten gets stuck high up in a tree, but the kitten calms down as she see the reflection of the moon in the pond and once again thinks it is a bowl of milk. The kitten tries to hop into this pond, but is once again disappointed by her discovery that it was in fact not a bowl of milk. Luckily, ...more
Sarah Wilbern
Henkes, K. (2004). Kitten's First Full Moon. USA: Greenwillow Books, HarperCollinsPublishers.
Caldecott Award 2005.
Caldecott Choice

This was a very cute book. This book was about a kitten who like his milk and thought a full moon was a bowl of milk. The kitten did everything he could to get the bowl of milk in the sky. The kitten tried to lick the moon from the front porch he was sitting on, but that didn't work. Then he leaped off the porch trying to reach it, but that didn't work either. Then t
Paige Cook
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes is about a little kitten that mistakenly thought the moon was a bowl of milk. The kitten chased and chased and chased the object that she thought was a bowl of milk. The poor kitten just couldn’t seem to get any closer. She ran and ran and ran and still couldn’t get to it. She climbed trees, but still couldn’t reach it. Finally, she gave up and headed for home. As soon as she arrived at her home something was waiting for her.
The pictures are simple, yet e
Haley Dustman
Sitting on the stairs, little Kitten sees what she takes to be a small bowl of milk in the night sky, but try as she might, she cannot get to it. She reaches and chases the bowl, but it always eludes her. Climbing up a tree, she sees below what she thinks is an even bigger bowl of milk. Of course, it is the moon and she gets soaking wet when she jumps into its reflection on the water. A real bowl of milk left for her on the porch gives the story a happy ending. This is a great easy reader for ch ...more
Margo Martin
The book Kittens First Full Moon was a very sentimental and loveable book in my opinion that I could imagine reading to a group of young girls who loved kittens.The first thing kitten thought when she saw her first full moon was that it was a bowl of milk in the sky, and she wanted it. This book uses all black and white illustrations with shading, and simple details. As kitten reached out to get the bowl of milk, she stuck out her tongue but only got a bug. Next, kitten reached out as far as she ...more
Samantha Holler
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes is a story about a kitten that sees a full moon outside and mistakes it for a bowl of milk. The entire story the kitten undergoes unusual obstacles to obtain this bowl of milk, even though it is really just a full moon. While this book is in all black and white, it adds to the dynamic of the book and demonstrates perfectly that you do not need color to create a great picture book. This book best exemplifies the definition of a picture book for many reason ...more
Michaela George
This was a story about a little kitten who saw the moon for the first time. She thought that it was a bowl of milk to she made many attempts to reach it. She was mesmerized by the size of the moon and began to get greedy. She began to jump at the moon but missed every time. When she failed multiple times she almost gave up. Then she saw a pond and it looked like milk so she jumped in, only to be disappointed again. So she sulked back home and ended up finding a full bowl of milk in the house. Th ...more
Ashley R.
What I loved about Henkes' book is that it was full of big, clear, interpretable pictures that were very successful in illustrating what was happening within the story and with our main character, Kitten. There was enough text for the audience to not have to guess what was occurring throughout the book, but it was short enough to not overwhelm the reader. This is important because it helps keep the attention of whoever is reading. Not only that, but the text on page to picture ratio is good eno ...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.
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