Kitten’s First Full Moon – Caldecott Award Winner

March 12, 2011

Kitten’s First Full Moon, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes was the 2005 Caldecott Award Winner.  This sweet story of a young kitten who mistakes the moon for a bowl of milk is a great way to teach children that things aren’t always what they seem.  Readers follow the little kitten throughout her adventure as she tries again and again to reach the giant bowl of milk in the sky.  She encounters several mishaps along the way, and each time the “poor kitten” gets up and tries again.  At the end of the story, the “lucky kitten” comes home to a bowl of milk that was prepared just for her.  The pages in this book feature classic, black and white illustrations.  Although children are typically drawn to vivid, colorful images, these illustrations make the reader appreciate this timeless tale of a young creature trying again and again to achieve her seemingly “unreachable” goal.

Kevin Henkes is a favorite author/illustrator of mine.  I own several of his books, including Kitten’s First Full Moon.  Some of my favorites include: Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, A Weekend with Wendell, Owen, and Wemberly Worried.

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