Calico's Curious Kittens

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While Calico takes a nap, her naughty kittens go exploring and land in trouble.

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Overview

The large size, captivating kitten illustrations, and simple text make this book just right for the read-aloud crowd. Toddlers will enjoy identifying the seven curious kittens by name as they make mischief and explore their home and yard.

While Calico takes a nap, her naughty kittens go exploring and land in trouble.

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Children's Literature
They should be napping, but the seven lively kittens of mama cat, Calico, are busy getting into mischief. In the kitchen, up the curtains, then outside they go, in and out of trouble. They meet a dog who turns out to be friendly; Mama has to rescue Cally from up in a tree. Then "they are finally ready for a nap." The very brief text is simple, set in large type for beginning readers, and offers practice in reinforcing concepts like: in and out, around, across, through. Finding and counting the kittens also involves the readers in the antics of the appealing kittens. Double-page spreads are used to give the playful felines space for exercising their curiosity. Naturalistic watercolors, emphasizing the magnetic charm of kittens, provide appropriate contextual information as well. Calico appears in three other books as well. 2003, Charlesbridge,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In this fourth book about the cat, Tildes fills the pages with realistic paintings of seven kittens' mischief. While their mother, Calico, sleeps, these charming rascals bring down curtains, investigate grocery bags, bother a friendly dog, and even climb a tree before heading home, where all but one of these highly individual pets has a nap. The art and plot are old-fashioned, but cozy in their familiarity. An occasional challenge to find the kitten in hiding will appeal to young listeners.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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A kindle of kittens keeps Tildes’s lovable cat, Calico, busy in this newest edition to the series (Calico’s Cousins, 1999, etc.). Like toddlers of every species, Calico’s offspring consider naptime the perfect opportunity to romp and play. From frolicking in the flour to climbing the curtains, the curious felines investigate their surroundings, wreaking pint-sized havoc in their paths. While their worn-out mama snoozes with a sleepy trio of tots, a quartet of the more adventurous kitties escapes to the backyard. There they discover a friendly pup and have a close encounter with the frog pond. Tildes’s brief prose captures the single-minded determination of kittens on the prowl, while the simple questions inserted into the text draw the readers into the story. The result is a toddler-friendly tale that offers up plenty of laughs. "Ginger is in a bag. Pumpkin is in a drawer. Where is Frisky? In trouble. Uh, oh . . . " Full-bleed watercolors convey the impish delight all kittens take in their escapades. The brightly hued, detailed landscapes contain plenty of sly feline humor to tickle little fancies. Each of the seven is drawn with an eye to their individual personas: Puff is a soft gray and white ball of fluff while Frisky is a tiger-striped scamp with a twinkle in his green eyes. Brimming with puckish fun, Tildes’s tale is just right for rambunctious little ones. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570915123
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis Limbacher Tildes is the author/illustrator of ANIMALS IN CAMOUFLAGE, BABY ANIMALS BLACK AND WHITE, as well as the illustrator of APPLES and PUMPKINS. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2003

    AN EXCELLENT READ ALOUD

    Little is more irresistible than playful kittens. Calico, the popular feline read about in 'Counting On Calico' and 'Calico's Cousins,' is now a proud but busy mother to a litter of seven. Geared for youngsters up to the second grade author Tildes fills her pages with warm watercolor illustrations and all the mischief that kittens can create. Ginger loves to hide in paper bags; Pumpkin takes every opportunity to jump into a drawer. Together this inquiring group climbs curtains, and wanders across a bridge in the backyard. The text is extremely simple, and most appropriate for reading aloud. Young ones will be entertained by the adventures of these seven inquisitive kittens.

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