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ISBN13: 9780060588281
ISBN10: 0060588284
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Awards

Winner of the 2005 Caldecott Medal

Staff Pick

This Caldecott-award winning book by perennial favorite Kevin Henkes is a fabulous choice for the youngest kids because of the warm, inviting illustrations and simple tale.
Recommended by Angela H, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

What a night! The moon is full. Kitten is hungry and inquisitive and brave and fast and persistent and unlucky... then lucky!

Review:

"The narrative and visual pacing will keep children entranced, and the determined young heroine and her comical quest will win them over." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The rhythmic text and delightful artwork ensure storytime success. Kids will surely applaud this cat's irrepressible spirit." School Library Journal

Review:

"[A]rtful in its gracelessness and naivete, just like a kitten. Simply charming." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"'What a night!' Kitten concludes. What a picture book!" The Washington Post

Synopsis:

Everybody has a birdday and everybody needsand#160;a birdday book!

Synopsis:

This gentle, poetic bedtime story about a little girl and the friendly moon is perfect for fans of Ezra Jack Keats and Kevin Henkes

After a play date in the city, Addy heads home to the country with her family. And through the long drive, the moon seems to be following them closely—Addys faithful guardian and friend.

The comforting sense that the moon is your own personal companion is universal to childhood, and Ida Pearle has depicted it beautifully through her lyrical text and soft, sleepy cut-paper collage illustrations. This is a book that children will ask to hear every night at bedtime.

Synopsis:

The Nice Icy Land was crackling with busy-ness. It had taken weeks and a lot of whispery chirps for Tacky the Penguinand#8217;s friends to plan a Perfect Surprise Birdday Party for him on his special hatchday. With songs, presents, cake, fishy ice cream, and surprise entertainment from Iglooslaviaand#8217;s own Twinklewebs the Dance Queen, how could anything go wrong? But itand#8217;s a comedy of errors . . . and all is far from perfect. Luckily, Tackyand#8217;s good cheerand#8212;and his flippity dance movesand#8212;save the day with a flap of his flippers and a tap of his tippywebs. Munsingerand#8217;s adorable, expressive penguin illustrations are the icing on the cake.

About the Author

Kevin Henkes lives in Madison, Wisconsin. His novels include Protecting Marie and Words of Stone. Among his picture books are Owen, a 1994 Caldecott Honor Book; Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, and Julius, the Baby of the World.

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ka234641, February 16, 2009 (view all comments by ka234641)
Kitten’s First Full Moon is a story about a the humorous struggles of a curious kitten who experiences her first full moon. She is hungry and is convinced that the full moon is a big bowl of milk waiting for her but is always out of reach. She is persistent and brave and will do anything to get the bowl of milk. By the end, her hard work and patience pays off. This silly tale reminds the reader of the yearning for something that people experience everyday through the comedic mistakes that the kitten makes.
Henkes creates a humorous tale about persistence during failure. The reader feels sympathy for the kitten every time they read about the consistent failure and the phrase “Poor Kitten!” that accompanies it. Henkes uses comedy in his illustrations often. After each failure of the kitten, her eyes widen and her mouth seems hidden. The reader is drawn in by the wide eyed cat and cannot help to laugh and feel pity all at once. The kitten’s curious and courageous facial expressions give the reader hope that she would finally get to the moon.
Henkes couples the luminous bold black and white pictures with bold captions. The illustrations contain many bold black lines together with shading to add dimension. The shades of grey remind the reader of the nighttime atmosphere in the moonlight. His illustrations are far from dull and bring life to the generally monotonous feel of black and white illustrations. The illustrations add their own colorfulness to it even though the lack of color and hues are absent.
Henkes uses the positioning of the text strategically where possible. For instance the phrase, “Still, there was the little bowl of milk, just waiting,” stretches across two nearly blank pages with Kitten on one page and the moon on the next page. It helps the reader to see visually the distance between the two. On the next page, Henkes positions the text diagonally to represent the furthering distance of the Kitten in her journey through the garden, past the field, and by the pond. But the following sentence brings the reader back down to earth when they read, “But Kitten never seemed to get closer. Poor Kitten!” and is reminded that they didn’t get closer to the bowl of milk. Henkes uses repetition in his writing, as well. This repetition frames the frustration of the kitten and the pity that the reader should feel for the kitten.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060588281
Author:
Henkes, Kevin
Publisher:
Greenwillow Books
Author:
Pearle, Ida
Author:
Nichols, Lori
Author:
by Kevin Henkes
Author:
Munsinger, Lynn
Author:
Van Lieshout, Maria
Author:
Lester, Helen
Author:
Lieshout, Maria Van
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Cats
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Animals - Cats
Subject:
Social Situations - New Experience
Subject:
Social Issues - New Experience
Subject:
Moon
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
Animals - Elephants
Subject:
Nature & the Natural World
Subject:
Bedtime & Dreams
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Tacky the Penguin
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from PreS to 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9 x 9 in 1 lb
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-UP

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Product details 40 pages Greenwillow - English 9780060588281 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This Caldecott-award winning book by perennial favorite Kevin Henkes is a fabulous choice for the youngest kids because of the warm, inviting illustrations and simple tale.

"Review" by , "The narrative and visual pacing will keep children entranced, and the determined young heroine and her comical quest will win them over."
"Review" by , "The rhythmic text and delightful artwork ensure storytime success. Kids will surely applaud this cat's irrepressible spirit."
"Review" by , "[A]rtful in its gracelessness and naivete, just like a kitten. Simply charming."
"Review" by , "'What a night!' Kitten concludes. What a picture book!"
"Synopsis" by ,
Everybody has a birdday and everybody needsand#160;a birdday book!
"Synopsis" by ,
This gentle, poetic bedtime story about a little girl and the friendly moon is perfect for fans of Ezra Jack Keats and Kevin Henkes

After a play date in the city, Addy heads home to the country with her family. And through the long drive, the moon seems to be following them closely—Addys faithful guardian and friend.

The comforting sense that the moon is your own personal companion is universal to childhood, and Ida Pearle has depicted it beautifully through her lyrical text and soft, sleepy cut-paper collage illustrations. This is a book that children will ask to hear every night at bedtime.

"Synopsis" by , The Nice Icy Land was crackling with busy-ness. It had taken weeks and a lot of whispery chirps for Tacky the Penguinand#8217;s friends to plan a Perfect Surprise Birdday Party for him on his special hatchday. With songs, presents, cake, fishy ice cream, and surprise entertainment from Iglooslaviaand#8217;s own Twinklewebs the Dance Queen, how could anything go wrong? But itand#8217;s a comedy of errors . . . and all is far from perfect. Luckily, Tackyand#8217;s good cheerand#8212;and his flippity dance movesand#8212;save the day with a flap of his flippers and a tap of his tippywebs. Munsingerand#8217;s adorable, expressive penguin illustrations are the icing on the cake.
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