Kitten's First Full Moon
by Kevin Henkes

Kitten's First Full Moon is a simple, sweet book that tells the story of a little kitten who, upon seeing her first full moon, thinks she's found a big bowl of milk, but try as she may, she cannot reach it. She tries to lick it, jump to it, run after it...all to no avail. Will the little kitty ever get her milk?

This book is a departure from Henkes's usual style, but the simple black & white look in this book works because the "multifaceted Henkes" (SLJ) has imbued his kitty with so much spunk and personality. You can't help but adore her and root for a happy ending.

This book won a number of prestigious children's book awards, most notably:
   * Caldecott Medal 2005 
   * New York Times Best Illustrated Book
   * American Library Assoc Notable Children's Book
   * School Library Journal Best Books of 2005
   * Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2005

Reading Levels for Kitten's First Full Moon

Interest Level: Preschool - Kindergarten            DRA Level: 12                    Lexile: 360L
Grade Level Equivalent: 1.7                             
Guided Reading:  G

Below is a spread from inside Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, showing the confused little kitty running to get near to the big bowl of milk in the sky.

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