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Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
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Oct 03, 11

Read in October, 2011

"Kitten's First Full Moon" by Kevin Henkes tells the sweet story of Kitten, who believes that the full moon is a bowl of warm milk. After a long quest to reach the bowl of milk, Kitten climbs a tree and sees that the pond below is also a large bowl of milk. She becomes very discouraged when she falls in the pond and becomes cold and wet. However, predictably, when Kitten arrives home there is a bowl of milk waiting for her on the porch. Henkes story can be best described as cute and sweet, and I think that young children would find Kitten's innocence funny. Although I don't see this book being used to teach any particular subject in the classroom, I think that it would make a good read aloud in a kindergarten classroom and wouldn't lose the students' attention. Additionally, "Kitten's First Full Moon" won the Caldecott Medal for its colored pencil decorated pages. While I agree that the illustrations accurately portray Kitten's every action in the story, I am not sure that the illustrations are anything extra special that deserves the Caldecott medal.
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