A beautifully illustrated picture book introducing toddlers to animals in the farmyard and the woods on a rainy summer day.
It's a rainy summer day, and Kitten is meeting all sorts of animals taking shelter from or enjoying the warm rain, including a fox, a turtle, a beaver and many more.
As in the two previous titles in the Kitten series, rhyming couplets capture the animals' actions, making this book another fantastic interactive read-aloud. Young readers will delight in discovering animal habitats, picking out seasonal details in the exquisite mixed-media art, and searching for and finding Kitten on every page.
What is fun to do on a rainy day? Kitten lives on a farm and lives among many animals. It is a rainy day and kitten just patters around seeing what the other animals are doing in the rain. She finds that some like feeling the rain on their bodies, while others seek shelter. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful. They are colorful, soft, with just enough details to show the young readers the habitats of the animals. The text consists of rhyming couplets making it very easy to read. This is a perfect book to start reading to a very young child as the rhythm will engage them even if they don't understand all the words. Children will be able to talk about the different ways the animals move. The vocabulary words are great; examples are words such as huddles, scrambles, skitters and many more. These are fun words that children will like. This book is appropriate for both boys and girls and would be a perfect book to give as a gift. The illustrations will bring children back time after time. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—As rain begins to fall, Kitten dashes for home, but the journey is more important than the destination. Using rhyming couplets, the text tracks her progress and the critters she passes by. For example, "Robin shelters,/Squirrel scrambles./Chipmunk skitters, Raccoon ambles." and "Loon paddles, Baby rides./Fox huddles, Mouse hides." But it's the illustrations that really tell the story. Fernandes's clay, acrylic paint, and mixed-media collage artwork creates a unique look for the forest and its denizens. There is a tremendous amount of detail and charm in these realistic vignettes. In many of the pictures, all that is visible is the feline's tail as she races for home. This makes for a fun "spot-the-kitten" game to incorporate into the reading. The variety of animals and scenes from forest to farm will be greatly appreciated as Kitten makes her way to the cozy warmth of her own bed. Perfect for one-on-one or small-group sharing.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH