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April's kittens
Newberry, Clare Turlay, 1903-
Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollins Publishers, 1968.

Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 108290.
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Since it was first published over fifty years ago, April's Kittens remains a classic cat story and is now made available again in this handsome new edition.

Many children understand April's dilemma when her cat, Sheba, has three kittens. April is thrilled until her father insists that theirs is strickly a one-cat household. April must give up three cats, but which ones? The aptly named Charcoal? Tiger-striped Butch? Sweet-faced Brenda?--or even Sheba?

How April eventually comes up with the perfect solutions makes for a heartwarming story that has appealed to many young cat lovers and will continue to delight generations of children everywhere. Clare's Newberry's enchanting illustrations reflect her fondness for cats; School Library Journal deemed these "beautiful drawings, so real one wants to pet them."

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3‘This Caldecott Honor Book by Clare Turlay Newberry (McIntosh & Otis, 1940) is the sweet, touching story of six-year-old April whose cat Sheba has three kittens. Though her father insists from the beginning that they live in a one-cat apartment, April becomes very attached to the kittens and believes that she will keep all three, as well as the mother cat. As the kittens grow older her parents arrange to find homes for them. April is torn between giving up the mother or her favorite kitten, Brenda. Her parents finally realize that their apartment is too small, and April suggests they get a two-cat apartment. Barbara Caruso reads the complete text of this classic that will appeal to primary students for its simplicity. It also reinforces the theme of responsible pet ownership. Parents and teachers will find this audio version useful for individual listening, especially with the book to accompany it, for those students who can handle a longer picture book.‘Ann Elders, Mark Twain Elementary School, Federal Way, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.