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Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
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Sep 22, 2011

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Kitten mistakes the night moon for a bowl of milk in the sky, and repeatedly tries to drink from the illusion by running at it, climbing towards it, and jumping on it. a) The most attractive element of this book is the use of all black and white illustrations that help to create an illusion which is the basis of Kitten’s confusion. The illustrations also create a nighttime mood that establishes unity throughout the story. b) The black and white illustrations effectively associate the round shape and white color of a bowl of milk with the round shape and white color of the night moon. The illustrations effectively take advantage of the similarities between the shape and color of the moon, and that of a bowl of milk. In this way, the black and white illustrations allow us to identify with the Kitten’s confusion in thinking that the moon is actually a bowl of milk. The use of all black and white pictures throughout support this theme, and unifies the storyline while creating the setting and mood of a colorless night. c) For example, on pg. 1, the illustration shows Kitten looking at a dark gray night sky only illuminated by the round shape of a white full moon that resembles a bowl of milk.

This story can support an art based curriculum through the examination of the similarity of shape and color of different objects, how to draw the mood of a night scene, how to create shadow and depth, and how to illustrate unity in an art form.

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