A the first of the year, a fuzzy kitten peeks out the window at gently falling snow. As the months pass, the kitten stalks, paws, tumbles, and leaps as he grows. In the fall he chases leaves, spooks at eerie pumpkins, and boldly sniffs at the Thanksgiving turkey. But it is not until he dreams through December that the once frolicking kitten will wake up a cat. Day's simple, accessible text combines with Mortimer's exquisite illustrations to form this cozy and distinctly feline book of months.
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Nancy Raines Day is the author of The Lion's Whiskers: An Ethiopian Folktale (Scholastic), an ALA Pick of the Lists selection and New York Times Notable Book, illustrated by Ann Grifalconi. Ms. Day is a freelance writer who lives in northern California with her husband and two children.From Publishers Weekly:
In this fast-forward frolic through a kitten's first year, the artwork's meticulous and decorative style offers a pleasing counterpoint to its young subject's liveliness. Day's (The Lion's Whiskers) supple text is essentially one sentence: "A kitten/ peeks at January,/ toys with February, / dreams December,/ and wakes up a cat." British illustrator Mortimer supplies the calendar kitten with a new pose each month. Her paintings contrast the fur's soft fluffiness with the crisp, often flattened precision of the flowers and foliage. In the May scene, two rolling kittens look up from a bed of daisies that at first seem to be on one level, almost like a swath of gift wrap. The outdoor and action scenes make this book more varied--if less precious--than Mortimer's previous Cats Sleep Anywhere, and the minimalist text centers on catlike verbs (tumbles, paws, chases, etc.). While the china-pretty artwork may appeal more to adults, children will appreciate the kitten's lifelike poses and its gradual progress toward cathood. Ages 4-9. (Jan.)
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Book Description HarperTrophy, New York, NY, U.S.A., 2000. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, as Issued. Mortimer, Anne (illustrator). Bookseller Inventory # 009293
Book Description HarperTrophy, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0064438635
Book Description HarperTrophy, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0064438635