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Kitten's First Full Moon

Henkes, Kevin

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ISBN 10: 0060588284 / ISBN 13: 9780060588281
Published by Greenwillow Books, New York, NY, 2004
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition, First Printing. Winner of the Caldecott Medal in 2005. Signed by the author and illustrator and dated 6/26/05 on the title page, with a certificate of authenticity. Cover boards, interior pages, and dust jacket are clean with no stains, markings or tears. First state dust jacket, without the Caldecott Medal award on the front panel, is in mylar sleeve. Binding is square and solid. A kitten mistakes her first full moon for a bowl of milk causing her to go hungry and resulting in other problems. Bookseller Inventory # 004277

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Title: Kitten's First Full Moon

Publisher: Greenwillow Books, New York, NY

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Henkes, Kevin

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author and Illustrat

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

The nationally bestselling picture book about a kitten, the moon, and a bowl of milk, written by the celebrated author and illustrator Kevin Henkes, was awarded a Caldecott Medal.

From one of the most celebrated and beloved picture book creators working in the field today comes a memorable new character and a suspenseful adventure just right for reading and sharing at home and in the classroom. It is Kitten's first full moon, and when she sees it she thinks it is a bowl of milk in the sky. And she wants it. Does she get it? Well, no . . . and yes. What a night!

A brief text, large type, and luminescent pictures play second fiddle to the star of this classic picture book—brave, sweet and lucky Kitten! "Henkes's text, reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown's work in the elemental words, rhythms, and appealing sounds, tells a warm, humorous story that's beautifully extended in his shimmering, gray-toned artwork."—ALA Booklist

Winner of the Caldecott Medal, an ALA Notable Book, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award

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In this beautiful picture book, winner of the 2005 Caldecott Medal, Kevin Henkes, captures the sweet, sometimes slapstick struggle of Kitten, who sees her first full moon and thinks it's a bowl of milk in the sky.

Any child who has yearned for anything will understand how much Kitten wants that elusive bowl of milk. Readers will giggle as she tries to lick the faraway moon and gets a bug on her tongue, or leaps to catch it and falls down the stairs. In an effective refrain, the narrator repeats, "Still, there was the little bowl of milk, just waiting." The winning combination here is the simplicity and humor of the story, paired with gorgeous black-and-white illustrations with thick black lines (mirrored by the thick bold sans-serif font) and shades of grey that are as luminous as a moonlit night should be. Full-moon circles and ovals appear throughout the design: white circle full moons on the endpapers, elliptical flowers by the porch, white circles of firefly light, oval pads on Kitten's paws, and her big round eyes (especially when surprised and soaking wet). Children will love Kitten's quest and ensuing comedy of errors, but what they will love even more is that there's an actual bowl of milk waiting on the porch for Kitten. (Preschool) --Karin Snelson

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