Cat's Kittens

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One starry night, Cat told her kittens that one day they would have to learn how to fend for themselves. When is the right time? As the kittens explore the city, one by one, Cat takes great care to teach them how to look after themselves. But is it really time for everyone to leave their mother? Full color.
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Overview

One starry night, Cat told her kittens that one day they would have to learn how to fend for themselves. When is the right time? As the kittens explore the city, one by one, Cat takes great care to teach them how to look after themselves. But is it really time for everyone to leave their mother? Full color.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Before they head out on their own, Cat's six kittens need to get some street smarts. The attentive mother warns, "If you want to be city kittens, you have to be careful kittens, you have to be canny kittens." On five successive nights, a different young feline strikes out on its own and bumps into routine lessons in life: watch out for cars, don't go too far out on a limb, don't pick on someone bigger. On Saturday night, the sixth, littlest kitten chooses instead to "stay here with my mama." Within the days-of-the-week structure that both grounds and moves the text, the story and illustrations resonate with timeless and universal themes. Williams's (The Witness; When Grandma Came) dusky, purple-hued, softly textured illustrations are at once stylish and tender. In the depictions of a city night from cat perspectives-both low and high-changing angles give everyday objects an unfamiliar cast. A vignette that gentles the rigors of growing up. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Cat belongs to nobody. She fends for herself and her kittens but warns them that the time will come when they will be on their own. One by one, the young felines make tentative ventures into the world and stumble into danger despite their mother's warnings. Neither text nor pictures let readers know if the kittens survive their adventures until the end of the book when they are all pictured again with Cat. Despite their escapades, listed in one brief cliff-hanging sentence per page, and the comforting underlying message that mothers will care for their children until they reach maturity, the story is thin. The illustrations, done in what appears to be chalk in shades of blue, purple, and aqua, are much more engaging. Thick colors suggest night without being dark. The two-page spreads are impressionistic and soft edged yet there is enough detail to catch readers' attention. The kittens are fluffy and curious without being overly cute and some of the pictures are poignant. The text is printed in boxes, sometimes in a pastel version of the background, sometimes in a contrasting color, and looks pasted on the illustrations rather than integrated into the design. A visually appealing but nonessential purchase.Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
Kirkus Reviews
For seven nights, a stray cat mothers her new kittens, teaching them the ways of the city. Cat knows that her kittens will be forced to grow up fast, so she lets them test their surroundings, à la Nancy Tafuri's Have You Seen My Duckling? (1984). Each night, a new danger befalls one of the kittens, be it car, tree limb, dog, dustbin, or rat. The result of their explorations falls short of independence when one of them asks, "Has the time come . . . when we must fend for ourselves?" and Cat warns, "Not until your tails are fluffier. Not until your ears are further apart." Sweeps of hazy blue-green and purple pastel craft atmospheric night scenes, particularly those showing the underside of restaurant chairs, and tables that look like alien planets from a cat's perspective. This is a series of moody moments rather than a story—more of a cautious outing than a hair-raising adventure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670862559
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.53 (w) x 11.23 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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