My Kitten

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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.

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
With rhyming text of exactly five words on most pages, the author tells and the illustrator shows the affection between a little girl and her pet. As the child narrates, the pair enjoys the activities normally discovered by little girls and kittens. Food, fun, rest, adventure, naughtiness, and lessons learned are all addressed in the fewest words possible. Repetition of "kitten" combined with a variety of verbs give this small book a double role, that of instruction as well as one of pleasure. Read to the preschooler at bedtime, it will naturally teach the sounds of some repeated words and will soon become the one that the child reads to the parent. Lyon's nearly life-sized paintings of the mischievous kitten add much to the joy of the book. This title, with its emphasis on the care of a pet, will be popular on home, school, and public library shelves. Reviewer: Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—A little girl wakes in the morning with her tawny kitten taking over her pillow. O'Hair leads readers through their busy day in a rhyming text. They get tangled in yarn, chase squirrels, and the child has to rescue her pet from a tree. Throughout the day she gives it loving guidance. The full-bleed spreads show the playful feline's behavior. This is a strong choice for reading aloud and for beginning readers as it is composed of one- and two-word lines. Each page has four lines, and the first three end with the word "kitten," with the last line always being just one word. Lyon's drawings are a capable partner to the minimal text, visually filling in all that is happening. The art is realistic and energetic, and the little girl has lots of personality. The colors are vibrant and show all of the kitten's movements perfectly. The poetic text and endearing illustrations make this book a winner.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews

"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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761458111
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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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  • Posted February 6, 2014

    My five-year-old son picked this book out from our local library

    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. 

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