Marilyn Janovitz's picture-book version of this beloved children's rhyme-filled with sunshine and bright pictures of three little kittens who are just as cute as can be-is sure to have youngsters purring with delight.
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Marilyn Janovitz attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Philadelphia College of Art. She has worked as a textile designer, created artwork for advertising and magazines, and illustrated numerous books for children.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-K-This festive edition of the classic nursery rhyme opens with purple-and-white polka-dotted endpapers that match mother dear's dress. The merry trio dances and prances so hard, they lose their mittens- and so the story unfolds in the usual way. Keen-eyed children will have fun finding the lost items in the pictures. The blueberry-drenched mittens are duly washed, with one little kitten spilling laundry soap all over the floor. At the end, they all smell a rat close by and go hunting for it. The last page shows the happy rat eating the remnants of blueberry pie. The illustrations are bright and cheery with adorably mischievous felines. The mother cat seems more amused than annoyed by her children's troublesome antics. Janovitz chooses her words to read better grammatically: "Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear that we have lost our mittens." To those who know the classic version ("our mittens we have lost"), this may seem a bit stilted. For a fun Three Little Kittens marathon, team this book with Tanya Linch's playful and geometric version (Gullane, 2001) and Anna Alter's take (Holt, 2001), in which the kittens find a thief.
Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT
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