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Three little kittens
Galdone, Paul.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Houghton Mifflin Co., [1999]

Physical Description:
1 audiocassette + 1 book (32 pages : color illustrations ; 19 x 24 cm)
General Note:
Accompanying book published: New York : Clarion Books, 1986.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.6 0.5 44665.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.6 1 Quiz: 15382 Guided reading level: G.

Format :
Sound Cassette

Sound Recording


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
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CASSETTE KIT 1048 TEXT Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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The favorite Mother Goose rhyme about the three careless kittens who lost their mittens is given added appeal with Galdone's bold and colorful illustrations.

Author Notes

Paul Galdone was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1907 and immigrated to the United States in 1928. Though he was also a painter and sculptor, he is best known as a writer and illustrator of children's books.

During his early career Galdone worked in the art department at Doubleday where he designed a successful book jacket. The experience led him to believe that he could make a living as a freelance illustrator. He left behind the working world of New York City when he and his wife moved to rural Rockland County, New York.

Many of Galdone's works are adaptations of fairy tales and folktales. Some of these are The House that Jack Built (1961), Cinderella (1978), and Three Aesop Fox Fables (1971). He illustrated the well-known Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars and sequels written by Ellen MacGregor. He has illustrated works by John Greenleaf Whittier, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Edward Lear, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. During his career he illustrated over 100 books and wrote and illustrated several dozen others.

Galdone was twice runner up for the Caldecott Medal, in 1957 and 1958.

Paul Galdone died in 1986.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 2-4. Galdone's brisk pen-and-wash drawings have a way of making characters seem slightly larger than life. His three little kittens with their wide yellow eyes and otherwise expressive postures create a visual focus that will carry readers securely through this energetic depiction of the familiar nursery rhyme. All eight verses are here in large print, several lines to a page. A skilled, effective version to use with preschoolers. DMW. 398'.8 Cats Poetry / Nursery rhymes [OCLC] 86-2655

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1 Galdone lends new life and sense to the verse in this exuberant retelling of the Mother Goose rhyme with four delightful feline characters. The large type is readable and inviting, with only one or two lines of text per page. Double-page spreads are filled with vibrant watercolor washes over ink sketches. While the expressions of the cats will be the focus of children's attention, there are countless details for them to discover for themselves, such as the animal-influenced decor of the cats' home, the spice cabinet filled with different varieties of catnip, and cat ancestor portraits. Children will relate to the kittens' deserved punishment for carelessness, their theatrical displays of sorrow, and their earnest efforts to get into both their mother's good graces and that delicious looking pie. This refreshingly hearty version of the nonsense verse will be as much a favorite of adult storytellers as it will be of toddler listeners. Yvonne A. Frey, Peoria Public Library, Ill. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.