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Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
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Nov 10, 09

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Kitten’s First Full Moon
4 out of 5 stars
The way Henkes illustrates portrays the setting really well with a palette of grays, blacks, and whites with colored pencil and gouache. Perhaps color was not used because the night is black, which is the setting of the story. Henkes uses a lot of patterns and repetitions in the art with thick, broad lines. There are not fine details in the illustrations; the vagueness of some of the drawings creates an almost textured look to the page. The artwork mirrors the repetition in the text, which is also broken into smaller parts for effect. The bold font mirrors the thick lines used in the artwork. Kids will be drawn to the familiar experience of trial and error and the sense of love and belonging at the end of the story. Pre-Kindergarten through second grade would be the target audience. I gave the book a rating of four out of five stars, because Math, science, and language arts are three subject areas in which the book could be integrated. Many sight words are contained in the book; a lesson could be created for spelling to enhance vocabulary. Also for language arts, mainly for second grade, students could write about a time when they wanted desperately to go after something.
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