Kitten's First Full Moon

Kitten's First Full Moon

by Kevin Henkes

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Overview

The nationally bestselling picture book about a kitten, the moon, and a bowl of milk, written by the celebrated author and illustrator Kevin Henkes, was awarded a Caldecott Medal.

From one of the most celebrated and beloved picture book creators working in the field today comes a memorable new character and a suspenseful adventure just right for reading and sharing at home and in the classroom. It is Kitten's first full moon, and when she sees it she thinks it is a bowl of milk in the sky. And she wants it. Does she get it? Well, no . . . and yes. What a night!

A brief text, large type, and luminescent pictures play second fiddle to the star of this classic picture book—brave, sweet and lucky Kitten! "Henkes's text, reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown's work in the elemental words, rhythms, and appealing sounds, tells a warm, humorous story that's beautifully extended in his shimmering, gray-toned artwork."—ALA Booklist

Winner of the Caldecott Medal, an ALA Notable Book, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060588281
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/02/2004
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 1,421
Product dimensions: 10.06(w) x 10.48(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile: 360L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. www.kevinhenkes.com


Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. www.kevinhenkes.com

Hometown:

Madison, Wisconsin

Date of Birth:

November 27, 1960

Place of Birth:

Racine, Wisconsin

Education:

University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Kitten's First Full Moon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This a great little book for all cat lovers. The adorable kitten is having the night of her life. The black and white pictures add to the theme of the night. What a loveable, fun story.
victoria23VT More than 1 year ago
The adventure of the kitten is a great example of a child's curiosity. It's a reminder of how pure and innocent children are at this age and how wild their imaginations can be. By having the pictures in black and white the readers is given a more in deep look through the kitten's eyes. The illustrations also show how in a child mind everything is either black or white and there is no in between. I highly recommend this book.
LemaMichelle More than 1 year ago
Praise for Kitten! Super cute story about a curious and courageous kitten that is desperate to get her paws on that big bowl of milk in the sky that is actually a full moon. I love Henkes' repetition of "poor Kitty" to convey what a struggleKitten is going through to just get nourishment. And what a night! Kitten is hungry and persistent and very unlucky in trying to reach her ultimate goal. This is a great story about how one's persistence can truly get them what they want. Children of all ages will definitely relate to this as they know they'll eventually get what they want if they try hard enough. It's a great lesson and fabulous story. Kitten truly captured my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I initially bought this for my three year old daughter as a birthday gift and it is now one of her favorite books. The story is very simple but conveys lessons about disappointment and the rewards that can come (sometimes belatedly) from trying your hardest. The illustrations are beautifully done and very adorable. My six year old son (who loves Star Wars and super heroes and other "cool" stuff) will even sit through it when we read it together. I have since bought other copies as birthday gifts for girls in my daughter's preschool class. I would definitely recommend it, especially for preschool-age girls (or even boys).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a funny book that tells of a kitten that mistakes the moon for milk, much like many kids mistake the moon for cheese.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not 100% sure why it won the Caldecott, but it's still a really good picture book - perfect for a toddler storytime. Repetitive text, easy to see illustrations without a great deal of detail, an empathetic character - I think kids relate to the idea of not understanding that how something looks doesn't always relate to its significance. The book does a nice job of illustrating this concept.
dtortorice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Little kitten goes out one night and sees her first full moon, but she thinks it's a bowl of milk! First she sticks out her tongue while still on the porch. She only gets a bug on her tongue. Next she leapt for it, but only tumbled. She keeps chasing it until it finally tricks her into jumping in the pond! But when kitten gets home, a bowl of milk is waiting. How sweet!
ShelbyStancil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Kitten see's the moon and thinks it is a bowl of milk. The kitten tries and tries many ways to get up to the moon. When she tries going up a tree to get to the moon she see's its reflection in the pond. The poor kitty falls in the pond. After falling in the pond she realizes that she will never get to it. So cold, sad and oh so hungry Kitten goes back home. When she gets there she see's a nice big bowl of milk for her and she is happy.Personal Reaction: I thought this book was adorable! Best suited for younger kids in kindergarten or first grade. New readers if thats what they are called these days. The illustrations were good. They could have used more color though. Classroom Extension Ideas:1. I could use this to teach not to loose hope possibly. 2. How even animals have adventures and that anyone could have an adventure.
pocketmermaid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very cute picture book. Adorable drawings. (I don't have too much to say about it.)
nnicolic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illistrations in this book are really nice. I read this book right before I went to bed and it was perfect. This is a good bedtime story for children.
SarahClick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:Kitten's First Full Moon is about a little kitten who is hungry. She looks up at the moon and thinks it is a giant bowl of milk just for her. She tries many ways to get to this bowl of milk. She tries to lick the sky, jump for it, chasing it, climbing a tree, and jumping into a lake. Of course none of these work so she returns home to find a bowl of milk on the porch waiting for her. She goes from being unlucky to lucky. Personal Reaction:I think the story is very cute. It shows the bravery of young things when there is something they want. The pictures in the book, in my opinion, are very descriptive and interesting even though it isn't in color. I find that very interesting. Classroom Extension Ideas:1. Teach a segment on bravery2. Teach a segment on the stars and moon and their shapes3. It could be done as a play for younger children
elpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very unique pictures for a current book- sweet story.
CrystalRushton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitten is the cutest little white kitten there could be. One night she notices the big bowl of milk up in the sky, so she tries and tries to get a drink from the great big bowl. Kitten chases the bowl and reaches as far as she can, but she can somehow never get to the bowl. Kitten¿s journey to get the milk leads her up a tree, where she gets even closer to the big bowl of milk. Kitten tries to jump for the big bowl of milk. And, of course, Kitten misses the big bowl of milk¿which is of course the moon¿and falls into the water. Kitten returns home and ends the story happily when she finds a bowl of milk waiting for her on the front porch. Kevin Henkes writes and illustrates this wonderful black and white picture-book. I would recommend this book for lower elementary students, particularly for Pre-K and kindergarten students. This book can be used to discuss how natural things can spark our imagination and become something else, or just as a fun read for students.
mdemock on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a cute story about a kitten who sees the moon and thinks it is a bowl of milk. The text has black and white illustrations that tell a charming tale.
pjw1173 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the book we explored on the first day of class. It is about a kitten who thinks the moon's reflection is a saucer of milk. The book is charming and masterfully illustrated. It is just too primary for my age group. I see it being good in a first grade or kindergarten classroom library.
shanda1021 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully illustrated book about a kitten who chases the moon because she believes it is a saucer of milk. She tries everything possible to get to the "bowl of milk" but with luck. She even saw the moon's reflection in a pond and leaped into the water. She finally returns home very tired, wet, sad and hungry to find a warm saucer of milk on the porch waiting for her.
ckarmstr1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The kitten thinks the moon is a bowl of milk, and she tries to reach it. She cannot reach the bowl of milk. Come to her surprise, after her long day, there is a bowl of milk awaiting her. This book has marvelous illustrations, and I love how there is no color other than black and white.
whitneyfarmer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SUMMARY:A small kitten sees the big moon, and thinks to herself it is a big bowl of milk. She goes on a journey looking for the big bowl of milk. Sadly, she can never quite get to it. Suddenly, she sees an even bigger bowl of milk, the reflection of the moon in a pond, she jumps for the bowl of milk to only end up wet and sad. The little kitten marches home where she finds a big bowl of milk waiting for her. Lucky kitten. PERSONAL REACTION:I thought the illustrations, although colorless, were incredible. I loved its simplicity. I also thought the story was simple and sweet. I would recommend it as a bedtime story for a little girl or boy who likes cats. EXTENSION IDEAS:This story could be used to introduce a lesson on what the moon is made of. Let all of the children guess what the moon is made of, and then give them the actual details. This would also be a good book to inform children on the importance of milk. Inspire children to reach for the moon by eating healthy, and obtaining big, strong bones.
Mparis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitten sees the moon in the sky and mistakes it for a big bowl of milk. Try as he might, he just can't catch it!This kitten is so cute! He's determined to get the moon and drink it down. All of the drawings are black and white, but it adds to the book with the white kitten, white moon, and white milk. Adorable!Classroom connection: The moon
alliecipa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a kitten who first sees the moon and thinks it is a bowl of milk. She tries so hard to drink the milk but finally gives up and discovers a bowl of milk waiting for her at home! The illustrations in this story are very interesting and intriguing!
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this delightful picture book, a little unnamed kitten sees the full moon for the first time and thinks it is a giant bowl of milk. She tries everything to get to the bowl but fails. Dejected, she returns home to find ... a bowl of milk waiting on the porch!The narrative contains just enough repetition to please children but not so much as to become obnoxious to the adults that read to them! As a recipient of the prestigious Caldecott Medal, one might expect mind-blowing illustrations from this book. Rather, the simple gray-scale drawings fit the text perfectly in a less-is-more way. The movements and expressions of the little kitten are spot on, as anyone with a cat can attest!
weeksie50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Persistence pays off for this hungry kitten. She mistakes a full moon for a delicious bowl of milk. The book follows the kitten at her many attempts trying to reach a little bowl of milk in the sky. She runs, she jumps, she climbs, and she leaps but she never gets closer to her prize. However, when she finally returns home, there is a great big bowl of milk, waiting for her on the porch. The Black and White illustrations seem to sparkle on the page. The pictures are very cute and appealing to young students.
ecugary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitten is having an experience that we all get the have only once. Kitten is seeing her first full moon, but she doesn¿t realize what it is. She thinks it is a large bowl of milk and sets out to do whatever it takes to have a drink. She does everything she can think of including climbing a tall tree as high as she can; even that isn¿t enough. After wearing herself out completely and wondering far away from home, she realizes that it isn¿t meant to be. She returns home to find a bowl of milk waiting on her. Kitten goes from Poor Kitten to Lucky Kitten.Students could write a brief journal entry about a time when something they wanted really bad turned out to be something totally different after they worked hard to enjoy it. Volunteers can share their experiences with the group.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Awesome!! The title says is all, she thinks the moon is a bowl of milk, so she keeps chasing it and trying to reach it.
ReAhnaKowena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitten is full of wonder and excitement because she believes she sees a bowl of milk in the sky. After many attempts to achieve the bowl of milk and failing she is dishearten and heads back home. By the time kitten got home she had something exciting waiting for her on the porch, a bowl of milk! I really enjoyed reading this book. This book would be good to share when incorporating the moon and stars. In the classroom, I would have the children draw a picture of their version of the story whether they want to draw kitten, moon, or the sky. Also, for another activity the children can make moons out of paper plates.