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A Kitten Tale

A Kitten Tale

Spring 2008 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Eric Rohmann
Illustrator: Eric Rohmann
ISBN: 978-0-517-70915-3
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Four frolicsome kittens anticipate the coming of winter in this simple tale liberally laced with lessons about enjoying rather than fearing change...even when the change is only the natural rotation of the seasons. Despite the spring sunshine, three of the four felines fret that winter will come bringing snow "heaped to our whiskers" and that they will soon be "cold and wet." The fourth kitten, however, responds with a sunny "I can't wait." As spring gives way to summer and then fall, this refrain is repeated the requisite three times. And true to form, when the first flakes arrive, kitten number four bounds out the door to greet them with glee. He "jumped and rolled and laughed." And equally true to "tail" type, the other three, observing from the other side of the window, paws pressed to glass, soon follow his example shouting, "We'll be right out." Cuddlesome kittens are inherently adorable, and they do carry the day here, scampering across spring lawns, hanging from tree limbs, rolling in autumn leaves and hiding under carpets with only their tails exposed. Thick black borders, clean lines, and uncluttered spaces are the perfect match for this simple story. One quibble: awkward page design lands one of the four furballs in the book's gutter on the dedication page.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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