Kitten's First Full Moon (Hardcover), by Kevin Henkes. Black and white drawings pair with bold text in this charming tale about a kitten who mistakes the moon for a bowl of milk. The language is perfect for a toddler; fairly short and straightforward. It concludes happily (of course).
"It was Kitten's first full moon. When she saw it, she thought, There's a little bowl of milk in the sky. And she wanted it."
Bookworm's interest at 20 months: He enjoys this one very much. He says "muhmuh" when we start, and I can never quite discern whether he is calling the circle a moon or milk. If I say, "is that milk?" he'll say no. If I say "is it a moon?" he'll say yes. If I ask if the kitten thinks it is milk, he will occasionally make the sign for milk. Is he picking up on the fact that the kitten is mistaken? I'm not sure, but I think he's close to getting it.
Cat Up a Tree (Hardcover), by Ann Hassett. This is one of those picture books that parents delight in reading as much as children enjoy having it read to them. Nana Quimby notices a cat in a tree and calls the fire station to come help. She's out of luck, as the fire station doesn't rescue cats anymore. The cats begin multiplying, and she can find no help despite her increasingly frantic calls to the police station, library, post office, etc., culminating in a last ditch call to City Hall. In the end, her frustration with speaking to City Hall (who can't sympathize?) leads her to toss the phone right out the window. The open window and cord create a path for the cats to all hop into her house, where she appears happy to welcome them. In the amusing twist of an ending, all of the places she called begin calling HER now, for help with mice. This is a fun book, and it offers plenty of opportunities for counting, as the cats increase in number with every turn of the page.
"Nana Quimby went to the window and counted five cats up the tree. She rang the police station. 'Help!' she cried. 'Five cats up a tree.' 'Sorry,' said the police station, 'we do not catch cats up a tree. Call back if the cats rob a bank.'"
Bookworm's interest at 20 months: I'm a little surprised each time that he makes it all the way to the end, because the text is a little longer than he'll usually sit still for, but so far he has completed it nearly every time. He loves when I count the cats, so he points to them and prompts me to do that.
Parent's Peeve: Near the end, the text uses the (as far as I know, non-) word "mouses" once.
Other books about cats that we've enjoyed (the link brings you to our review):
My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes
The Cat in the Hat
The Pudgy Peek-A-Boo Book
There Are Cats in This Book
Do you have any other favorite feline books?