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Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  573 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Clover Kitty does NOT want to go to kittygarten! Although she might like a friend to play with, kittygarten feels overwhelming for a sensory-sensitive kitty like Clover. And when she arrives, it is exactly as she fears: her classroom is too loud, the lights are too bright, and everyone comes too close. So Clover throws a fit…and decides to quit kittygarten. But when a clas ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by Two Lions
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Cute as buttons

This was a lovely little story mostly aimed at young children preparing to or just starting to go to Kindergarten. It can be scary and overwhelming for some, especially sensitive children and Clover represents them. She takes care of her needs and perseveres and in the end learns to enjoy it. Mostly. It helps to have understanding friends.

The illustrations are very well done and quite adorable. I love when Clover holds her nose!

I received this from the Amazon First Reads program.
Sophie Crane
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
The Trials Of Kindergarten through the Eyes of a Cat

This Is Quite A good Read if you had A young one going that's to kindergarten for The First Time.

Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was highly recommended. I am not sure that I agree.

There is always one nay-sayer in the group, I guess this time it is me.
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet little book to be read to children just before their first day at school. The illustrations are lovely and will surely be enjoyed by most small children.
Mariah Roze
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
My friend won this book on Instagram for one of their giveaways, so I had to borrow it to read.

This is super cute book about a kitty going to kindergarten. This would be a good book to read to children around that age.

"Clover Kitty does NOT want to go to kittygarten! Although she might like a friend to play with, kittygarten feels overwhelming for a sensory-sensitive kitty like Clover. And when she arrives, it is exactly as she fears: her classroom is too loud, the lights are too bright, and ev
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrns
Well illustrated but the language was a bit too advanced (puns etc) for the age of children who would like the book.
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
We just got this book at our library, and it is the sweetest! I love all of the adorable "kitty" characters, especially Clover, Oliver, and Miss Snappytale! Kids starting school for the first time will be able to relate to the challenges (and sometimes stresses) of adjusting to a new classroom, as well as the fun of making new friends! I absolutely recommend this read! ...more
Melissa the Librarian
The setup of this story made it seem like they were gong to discuss autism, but it didn't (at least not directly). In the end, friendship and adaptive strategies (a soft blanket and sunglasses for bright light) helped Clover Kitty overcome her aversions to the kittygarten classroom. But I wish there had been an author's note or something to help parents continue the conversation with their kids about friends who have different needs. ...more
Alex Sarll
One of the less glamorous benefits of Amazon Prime is a free book or two every month, but only from a very limited selection which is usually heavy on precisely those genres I approach with most suspicion - thrillers, historical romance, books which actually describe themselves as 'reading group fiction'. Compared to which, a picture book about a kitten with sensory issues is very much yes, this is relatable content for my household, feed it unto me right now. The plot is exactly as you'd expect ...more
Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten

I received "Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten" with my Prime membership benefits.

A great book to use with children about to enter kindergarten because it showed kindergarten from the view point of a shy child. First it shows typical activities in a kindergarten classroom, which can stimulate a discussion about what to expect in the child's first experience with school. Second it showed the Mommy Kitty's understanding of how hard the change is to kittygarten is for
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won this from FirstReads, it's a wonderful story about a quiet, calm girl that gets overwhelmed by the activity and noise of her first day of Kindergarten and how she adjusts and learns to cope with the change. A great book to help prepare a shy child or a child with sensory issues for Kindergarten. ...more
Rebekah Hendren
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was such an adorable read! The illustrations were beautiful, fun, and brightly colored- perfect for young readers. This would be a great conversation starter for a young child who is nervous about heading off to kindergarten. Clover Kitty is scared at first, but she is able to find a way to participate in her class that is best for her.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
That's very cute. ...more
Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really not sure about this one

In an ideal world, I guess we hope that our children will be curious and /or excited about starting school. If however they are not, we read them a few books and find activities that will help to prepare them. This book does not help with that. If anything I think it gives children a negative expectation of what will happen around them and to them (it basically seemed to say that the teacher will be awful 'miss snippy tail' and no help and that all of the other chil
Baby Bookworm
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Hello, friends! In honor of JJ’s first day of kindergarten, our book today is Clover Kitty Goes To Kittygarten, written by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Hiroe Nakata.

Young Clover Kitty prefers calm things: knitting quietly, napping on a warm floor, slowly nibbling her kibble. Sometimes she wishes she had someone to share her calm activities with, but otherwise, she feels very safe and s
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally, a book for sensory-overloaded children

As a late-diagnosed autistic adult, reading this book to my little one hit very close to home. It's a good way to help children with sensory sensitivities see that they're not alone and that they might be able to find ways to cope. It's also a great way for children without sensory issues to start to understand what their sensitive peers might be feeling.

Overall, I highly recommend this book and would love to see more like it!
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sensory friendly book

Although I don't have a child with sensory issues, I appreciated learning more about how they feel. I think this book would be good to use to teach my children about how others might feel and how to be a friend to them. Clover's friend Oliver was calm and patient and became a friend because he accepted Clover and acknowledged her needs.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This is quite the year of uncertainties when going back to school. I’m sure the author had no idea when she wrote this book that so many kindergartners would be apprehensive about going off to school for the first time. Now, this children’s picture book doesn’t address going back to school during a pandemic, but it does address the various issues children with sensory issues might have with going back to school and many of those concerns relate to what families are going through now.

Clover Kitty
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Clover Kitty loves being in her cozy, calm, quiet room. Sometimes she wishes for a friend, but mostly life is exactly as she wants it. That is, until Mama announced Clover would be beginning Kittygarten that day. Clover knew she was NOT ready! When Clover arrived at school, there was SO MUCH noise and SO MUCH light and SO MANY kitties. Instead of the quiet voices she heard at home, all of her classmates’ voices were vibrating through the classroom in excitement. All except for Oliver, who quietl ...more
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
Iggi's Storytime Criteria
Age group: Preschool+
Content: cats, first day of kindergarten, being overwhelmed, sensory difference
Plot: Clover's first day at Kittygarten is terrible, everything is too loud, too bright, too crowded, too smelly, too scratchy! So she says she is sick for the rest of the week and Oliver, a classmate tries to visit her, but she avoids him. By the end of the week she decides she will go back, but she takes lots of things with her to help and loves Kittygarten after that.
Laura Purdie Salas has written a special story that is not her usual marvelous poetry books, but one just right for young ones heading to school for the first time. I imagine Laura did not expect that the book would be out when schools struggle about opening because of the pandemic. Nevertheless, it's a book that will especially help for any child with sensory issues, one who prefers a quiet room mostly alone.
Clover Kitty loves her life, perhaps thinks a friend would be nice sometimes, but mos
Robin  Lynn
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed this book as much as my 4 year old daughter. It's comparable to children with sensory disorder, anxiety, or even a kitty. Having 1 child on the spectrum, this book made it easy for me to explain better. It's hard for any little child to understand another childs needs. While reading I would stop and remind my daughter that her brother is very simular. Also I used this book to help her understand our cats. It has became a good resource for our family. I love Clover kitty, how she
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I had high expectations for this book. I love cats and I love that the title says kittygarden. Overall, it could be a nice story for trying again and how or can be hard to make friends but I also had a lot of issues with it. 1) it is kind of long for the intended audience. 2) as another reviewer mentioned, if a kid didn’t already have fears or anxiety about starting school, I could see this book giving them fear or anxiety. Clover is basically pushed around all day and her teacher is made out to ...more
Abby Johnson
It's time for Kittygarten to start and Clover Kitty, who is very sensitive to sensory input, is not ready! But go to kindergarten she must and her first day is terrible with all kinds of overwhelming stimuli. This cute book (purrrfect for young cat lovers) shows the world through the eyes of a child overwhelmed with stimuli - the sunlight glares through the windows, the teacher's perfume is stinky, the nap mats are too scratchy for sleeping. And by the end of the week Clover Kitty has come up wi ...more
FM Family
Have to give this one 4 stars because my 4 year old was OBSESSED with it, even though I didn't enjoy it so much. It's kind of interesting in that it's definitely about a kid who has some kind of challenges with sensory processessing, but doesn't come right out and say so in the story so I spent the first few reads being like- but WHY is she SO overwhelmed??

Anyway my 4 year old who was just starting school and had found her old daycare room could be a bit much with 24 kids in it really enjoyed t
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love children's books with cats in them and this one did not disappoint.
Kindergarten is scary for many kids and all kids react in their own way when it comes to going to school for the first time. Being away from home and what you are used to is hard for a lot of little ones. This is a great book for kids with sensory issues and understanding that they may need different things to help them get through the school day and that is completely okay. It also shows that kids are resilient and kind.
Kat Ryker
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up because I was curious. It had a cute title and I needed to see if a child would enjoy this (to heck with the kids, I ENJOYED THIS).

Kudos to the author to letting kids know that not everything is always rosy without becoming preachy. And kudos for telling that that its ok to not like it when life isn't rosy. I especially love the last page! We all have our ups and downs. And the illustrations! Oh, they were wonderful and every page of the book has them. Between the writing and th
Tayler K
Clover isn't really looking forward to kittygarten, and her first day proves to be a sensory overload at every turn! She stays home 'sick' the next three days, but finally decides to return to kittygarten to play with the other kitties. But this time, she's prepared! She has sunglasses, ear defenders, and her own soft blanket for nap time!

This book never specifically mentions autism, but this would likely be a very relatable book for any autistic kiddos (or others with sensory difficulties) tryi
Dana L. Stanley
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clever Approach To School Anxiety

Clover Kitty Goes to Kitty garden is a cute story for children shy about starting school. They can identify with Clover's fee!ings about starting school and realize they are not alone in dreading their new experience. Seeing how Clover learned to like school , can be helpful also to Mothers who need ideas to encourage their child.

The book has nice colorful illustrations and cute plays on words like "kittygarten , purrfect personal.

It would be a nice book for a c
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent story to read to a child before kindergarten

This book tells the tale of Clover the kitten who is an introvert and nervous about starting school and needed a bit of help to make it through and understanding friends and mommy. I'd almost say this is more for domineering parents to give them a bit of a "paws" heh and have a good think about how tough it can be to transition to school particularly Kindergarten.
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