My Kittenby Margaret O'Hair, Tammie Lyon (Illustrator)
Meow. A little girl loves to watch her new kitten nap in the sunlight, play, pounce, and climb. Her kitten still has some lessons to learn it’s not easy getting down from a tree! but together, they always have fun. This is a companion book to My Pup, which was a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year. Artwork in gouache and colored pencil highlights the sweet, playful text.
"Dream kitten, / fluff kitten, / sun kitten, / light. / Yawn kitten, / stretch kitten, / sweet kitten, / bright." Rhythmic, rhyming verse follows a girl and her new kitten through a day of discovery and play. Kitten has breakfast and cleans up. She watches the goldfish swim and hops into a comfy chair. She learns lessons: "No, kitten, / don't, kitten, / stop. Kitten, / claws," when she tries to claw the couch. And gets a suggested alternate behavior: "Yes, kitten, / good, kitten, / nice, kitten, / paws," and is shown to her scratching post. Kitten plays with yarn, chases a squirrel, gets stuck up a tree and has milk before settling down to dream. This feline answer to My Pup (2008) by the same team is just as toe-tapping and easy to read as its canine predecessor. The sing-song-y rhyme may seem childish to older readers, but those just starting out will pick up words with the rhythm and repetition. The watercolor-and–colored-pencil illustrations are both spot and full-bleed, and they match the action of the text wonderfully. Pussycat fans will delight in the contented orange kitten and her attentive little girl; repeated readings will be required. (Picture book. 2-5)
Meet the Author
Author Margaret O'Hair, also the author of Twin to Twin and Star Baby, lives in Northern California.
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My five-year-old son picked this book out from our local library last week, and then he didn't want to return it. He thought maybe the book was about his kitten, Molly Kitten. I cannot condone keeping books, so I ordered him his own copy. My goodness, this book is darling, and oh-so-fun to read out loud. The text is simple, sweet, lyrical and tells a straightforward story. The illustrations are flat-out adorable. And, put together, my son was right -- this book WAS about our Molly Kitten.