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by Lola M. Schaefer

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Mittens is a small, shy kitten in a big, new house. Will he find a place just for him?


Mittens is a small, shy kitten in a big, new house. Will he find a place just for him?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
It is hard to adjust to any new situation, and Mittens is a kitten who has just arrived at his new home. He is scared and Mittens runs away from Nick to find a cozy hiding place. The area behind the TV is much too loud and the space under the sofa much too dark. Finally he scurries under a bed and now has what seems like an ideal hiding place. Nick finds Mittens and assures him that he is safe in his new home and that Nick will take care of him. Trust develops and the closing scene shows Nick with his kitten cradled in his arms. Mittens is an adorable kitten, and lap sitters will enjoy all of the pictures as the story is read aloud. Later they will be able to read it themselves. A "My First Shared Reader," which is part of the "I Can Read!" series.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Mittens spends most of the book looking for a safe, quiet place to hide in his new home. Frightened, the kitten cries, bringing Nick, his owner, to his rescue. The controlled vocabulary in this gentle, unassuming story is made up primarily of one-syllable words, and the sentence structure is very basic. The soft pastel illustrations are simple and uncluttered and enhance the quiet tone of the text. This title would be good for easy-reader collections and could be used in toddler storytimes.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Nick welcomes his pet kitten, helping him overcome fear of his new home in this My First I Can Read entry. Skittish Mittens "zooms" behind the noisy TV, into the spooky dark under the sofa and, finally, under Nick's bed. There, amid the clutter of toys and a wayward sock, he finds "a small place just for him." But the kitten, still frightened, meows until Nick finds him, reassuring the pet gently until the last page's "Purrrrrr." Schaefer's necessarily brief text is crisp and cogent, integrating dialogue in an accessible manner for new readers. Hartung's simple illustrations use tones of yellow, blue, brick red and grey. Nick has a mop of curly black hair, and both he and Mittens, a tabby with white feet and chest, feature mere dots and dashes for eyes and brows. Ample white space and oversized type complete the package: a sweet, sturdy addition to the growing array of very first readers. (Easy reader. 4-6)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
My First I Can Read Series
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File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Lola M. Schaefer is the author of several books for children, including An Island Grows; Pick, Pull, Snap! Where Once a Flower Bloomed, an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts; and What's Up, What's Down? She lives with her husband, Ted, in the mountains of north Georgia, where she occasionally observes the back end of a black bear, coyote, or gray fox.

In addition to illustrating the books about Mittens, Susan Kathleen Hartung has provided the art for numerous picture books, including One Leaf Rides the Wind by Celeste Davidson Mannis. She lives in Brooklyn, Michigan.

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Mittens (My First I Can Read Series) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
RucknRun More than 1 year ago
My daughter is 4 and still loves this book. She loves the narration and when I read it to her. I read it on my ipad.
BethyBug59 More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old granddaughter loves this book as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter LOVES cats and kittens, so when I saw this book, I thought she might like it. It's perfect! She loves it! The story is cute, but not too long or complicated. If you are familiar with the Biscuit series, it has about the same amount of words per page as that.
readmoon4nite More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter loves this book. Mittens is a real character.
_LoveOfBooks_ More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves kittens, she loves this book!
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alley3 More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter love this book. I am glad i got it.
Baskar Kuthupady More than 1 year ago