Katie Loves the Kittens

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The acclaimed author and illustrator of Chickens to the Rescue has created a sweet, funny, and entirely irresistible new character—a little dog just bursting with good intentions.

Katie is so excited when Sara Ann brings home three little kittens that she can’t stop herself from howling “AROOOOO!” and trying to run after them. She loves them so much!

But Katie’s enthusiasm frightens the kitties, and she’s sad ...

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Overview

The acclaimed author and illustrator of Chickens to the Rescue has created a sweet, funny, and entirely irresistible new character—a little dog just bursting with good intentions.

Katie is so excited when Sara Ann brings home three little kittens that she can’t stop herself from howling “AROOOOO!” and trying to run after them. She loves them so much!

But Katie’s enthusiasm frightens the kitties, and she’s sad when they run away from her. Don’t they know that she just wants to play?

 

Katie Loves the Kittens is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Katie the dog feels it is "the most exciting day in her whole life" when her owner Sara Ann brings home three tiny kittens. Unfortunately, her excitement causes Katie to howl ... which causes the kittens to be scared ... which causes them to run ... which causes Katie to run after them ... which causes the kittens to be even more scared. It is a terrible feeling to be chastised by Sara Ann; she feels sad for having scared the kittens. But she just cannot contain herself. The cycle repeats later, as Sara Ann is playing with the kittens. Then again it repeats at bedtime. At breakfast, Katie has a different kind of mishap when she mistakes the kitten's bowls of food for her own. More words from Sara Ann leave Katie feeling "sadder than ever." Katie heads for bed—and finds some unexpectedly cozy slumbermates alongside when she awakens. As excited as ever, Katie nevertheless manages to tone down her response, pleasing all members of the canine-feline-human family. The DVD version of this "Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year" clocks in at nine minutes, long enough to satisfy but not so long that youngsters would disengage from the tale. Includes an interview with author John Himmelman about the storytelling and illustration processes, as well as a lesson guide for teachers. This title is recommended for preschool through second grade. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
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When Sara Ann brings home three little kittens, her enthusiastic dog, Katie, is beside herself with joy. Unfortunately, the tail-wagging pooch shows her affection through leaps, bounds, and howls that scare the newcomers and earn her repeated reprimands from the child. The next day, things go from bad to worse as Katie eats the food intended for kittens. Overcome with sadness, she slinks off to her bed, falls asleep, and wakes up to find the felines curled up on top of her. Luckily, she has learned her lesson, and despite her frantically quivering body and wagging tale, she stays still and the kittens are not afraid. Himmelman's charming watercolor-and-ink illustrations depict a character sure to earn the affection of young readers. Katie's expressive movements make both her excitement and her dismay palpable and adorable. Youngsters will root for the pup as she tries to figure out how to make this new friendship work. Pair this with other stories of unlikely dog-cat friendships such as Lyn Rossiter McFarland's Widget (Farrar, 2001) or Marie Hall Ets's classic Play with Me (Puffin, 1976).-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY

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PreS-Gr 3—Poor Katie! All she wants to do is play with Sara Ann's new kittens, but they are petrified of the white-and-brown spotted pup. "As soon as she saw them, she howled "AROOOOOO! AROOOOOO! She always howled like that when she was very happy." Katie's excitement only results in the three frightened felines fleeing in alarm, clinging to the drapes and lampshade. When her owner admonishes her and insists that she leave them alone until they grow accustomed to her, Katie tries her best to stay away—but how can she resist them? At night, Sara Ann takes the creatures to bed with her, closing the door on Katie. The clever canine goes outside, jumps up to the bedroom window, and gazes longingly. Bedlam ensues as she pounces through the window onto the slumbering pets. In the morning, the eager pooch unwittingly eats their food, incurring her owner's wrath. Ashamed and dejected, Katie takes to her bed and falls asleep. Imagine her surprise and delight when she finally awakens to find the tiny threesome cuddled up on top of her. The endearing little dog is irresistible in this animated rendering of John Himmelman's book (Holt, 2008). The lively, empathetic narration captures Katie's exuberance and remorse, and the hilarious colored pencil-and-watercolor cartoons come to life on the screen. An engaging bonus interview with the author includes childhood photos and reminiscences. A winning package for dog lovers and aspiring young writers and artists.—Barbara Auerbach, P.S. 217, Brooklyn, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545296267
  • Publisher: Weston Woods Studios, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Format: DVD - NTSC
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

JOHN HIMMELMAN is the author and illustrator of more than sixty books for children, including Chickens to the Rescue. He lives in Connecticut with his family.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    A Fun Read

    My son is 18 mos and loves this book. The story is easy and fun to read for adults and offers a good lesson for kids. The way the author illustrated the kittens cracks me up every time I read the book. I highly recommend adding it to your child's library.

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