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Pepper's journal : a kitten's first year
Murphy, Stuart J., 1942-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
34 pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm.
Lisa keeps a journal of her new kitten's first year.
General Note:
"Level 2."
Reading Level:
510 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 46507.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 24721 Guided reading level: K.
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QB209.5 .M88 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QB209.5 .M88 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QB209.5 .M88 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Picture Books

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After 7 days Pepper opens his eyes. After 2 months Pepper can leave his mother and come home with Lisa and Joey. After 3 months he needs a checkup at the vet's. In her journal Lisa writes down all the important events of Pepper's first year - and readers will learn all about days, weeks, months, and years as they find out just how much fun a new kitten can be.

Together, Stuart J. Murphy and Marsha Winborn introduce the concept of calendar time and show all the fun and important things to do in a kitten's first year.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 6^-8. This useful, appealing MathStart book sets out to conquer calendar time, and as it does, it skillfully covers the care and development of kittens, too. Grandma's cat has had three kittens. Lisa and Joey pick one they name Pepper, and Lisa begins a journal to record the kitten's first year. Each month she makes an entry containing facts the family has learned about kittens and cats, as well as drawings, stickers, and funny stories about Pepper. Superimposed on Lisa's journal is a small cat calendar with a stamp on the date of Lisa's entry and major holidays marked as well. Teachers start familiarizing kids with calendars in preschool, and this book handles the concept in a suitable and special way. Winborn's illustrations of a loving, single-parent household are warm and reveal the shared experiences of holiday celebrations, trips to the vet, school life, and summer vacations. End papers contain activities for extending the concepts. --Kathy Broderick

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-The excitement begins when Grandma's cat, Snowy, gives birth to three kittens. One will soon belong to her grandchildren, Joey and Lisa. To prepare herself, Lisa goes to the library and checks out every book on kittens. She learns that when newborn, these creatures weigh three ounces. One week later, the kittens open their eyes. Two months must pass before the children can take Pepper, the chosen animal, home. In an entertaining journal format, readers observe Pepper's growth over the next year and learn all of the important details of cat care and cat behavior. The concept of time is fully integrated into the story. A monthly calendar appears on each double-page spread showing the progression of days, weeks, and months. Winborn's full-color animated paintings give readers lots to examine and enjoy. A unique complement to most collections.-Jackie Hechtkopf, University of Maryland, College Park (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.