The acclaimed author and illustrator of Chickens to the Rescue has created a sweet, funny, and entirely irresistible new charactera 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.
About 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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Katie Loves the Kittens
By John Himmelman
Henry Holt and CompanyCopyright © 2008 John Himmelman
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Today was the most exciting day in Katie's whole life! Sara Ann had brought home three little kittens.
Katie loved those kittens so much. As soon as she saw them, she howled "AROOOOOO! AROOOOOO!" She always howled like that when she was very happy.
But Katie's howling frightened the kittens.
They ran in all directions. Katie chased them around the house. "AROOOOO! AROOOOO!" she howled.
"No, no, no, Katie," said Sara Ann. "You are scaring the kittens! You stay away from them until they get used to you."
Katie felt sad. She did not want to scare the kittens.
Later that day, Sara Ann was playing with her new pets. Katie watched from around a corner. She wanted to play with the kittens too. She just loved them so much.
She tried to control herself.
She tried and tried and tried.
But Katie couldn't stop herself any longer.
She burst into the room. The kittens scattered.
"AROOOOO! AROOOOO!" she howled as she chased them around the room.
"No, Katie, no!" said Sara Ann. "You scared them again!"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Too cute! Sure to delight children and animal lovers of all ages. katie the dog is overly joyful about the arrival of kitten to the home she shares with Sara Ann.
Synopsis:Katie, the dog is so excited when Sara Ann brings home three little kittens that she can¿t stop herself from howling and trying to run after them. But her enthusiasm frightens the kittens, and she¿s sad when they run away from her. They don¿t know that she just wants to play. Ultimately, she learns her lesson and they all become friends. The delightful, humorous illustrations can stand alone in telling the storyline. Primary students will certainly relate to Katie¿s plight of learning self-control. My first grade students enjoyed the story; it was an excellent choice for making personal connections. My Uses: comprehension strategies ¿ read the picture, text connections; problem/solution model; Responsive Classroom ¿ self-control
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.