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Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
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Nov 05, 09

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Read in November, 2009

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 appeal. The text in the story is broken up very well so that even new readers don't feel overwhelmed by the large about of text on each page. Also, the use of exclamation points and question marks is a nice addition to a book level that usually doesn't add too many of these points. The child appeal in the story obviously comes a great deal through the kitten. Animals appeal to a wide range of children, and the common story of a kitten and a saucer of milk is known by many children. The "underdog" story comes out in his book as children would root for the kitten to reach beyond and get a hold of the moon (milk). I believe that this was a very effective book for the age range it is meant for. The "cute" kitten story draws the children in, but the quality text and good story line makes it a creditable story.

Content Connections:
Language Arts and Science

How To Use In Classroom:
I would incorporate this story into a solar system and space study unit in a basic format. As a teacher, the story could be read a loud and then a discussion could be done about the distance of the moon. Could the kitten really reach the moon? Why not?
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