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A kitten's year
Day, Nancy Raines.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollins, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
A kitten peeks at January, toys with February, stalks March, and eventually sniffs November and dreams December as it grows into a cat through the course of a year.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.4 0.5 46971.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Peeking, pawing, and pouncing, a curious kitten spends its first year exploring the sights, sounds, and smells of the world around it.

The simple text and exquisite, detailed illustrations in this beautiful book of months capture the cozy and distinctly feline moments of a kitten as it grows, season, by season, into a cat.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. This gem of a picture book documenting a kitten's growth over the calendar year sports a minimal text and showcases Mortimer's lovely, realistic paintings. The opening spread shows Momma Cat and her two kittens asleep. The book begins with the words, "A kitten . . ." and in each following two-page spread the kitten prances through the year. It "peeks at January," observing a snowman out an icy window. Later, it "stalks September," chasing fallen leaves. By December, it dreams, and when it wakes up, the kitten, now a year old, has become a cat. Children will love observing the kitten's mannerisms and moods in detailed pictures that will make them want to reach out and touch. The text is short, but it is a good vocabulary builder and an inviting way for children to learn the months of the year. This book for cat lovers of any age is like a poem, with more to experience at each reading. --Kathy Broderick

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this fast-forward frolic through a kitten's first year, the artwork's meticulous and decorative style offers a pleasing counterpoint to its young subject's liveliness. Day's (The Lion's Whiskers) supple text is essentially one sentence: "A kitten/ peeks at January,/ toys with February,/ dreams December,/ and wakes up a cat." British illustrator Mortimer supplies the calendar kitten with a new pose each month. Her paintings contrast the fur's soft fluffiness with the crisp, often flattened precision of the flowers and foliage. In the May scene, two rolling kittens look up from a bed of daisies that at first seem to be on one level, almost like a swath of gift wrap. The outdoor and action scenes make this book more varied--if less precious--than Mortimer's previous Cats Sleep Anywhere, and the minimalist text centers on catlike verbs (tumbles, paws, chases, etc.). While the china-pretty artwork may appeal more to adults, children will appreciate the kitten's lifelike poses and its gradual progress toward cathood. Ages 4-9. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-This artistically rendered picture book follows the growth of a kitten through one calendar year. Double-page spreads feature paintings on one side with minimal text on the other. As each month is introduced, the kitten grows bigger, until it "-dreams December," "and wakes-a cat." The illustrations are so realistic that the hands of young listeners may reach out to pat the fuzzy, appealing animal. The backgrounds are beautifully rendered, whether depicting the print of the couch pillow or the ladybug on the poppy. The clear, realistic pictures, bright colors, short text, and the concept presented make this a great book for read-alouds.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.