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Four hungry kittens
McCully, Emily Arnold.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
In this wordless story, four kittens share adventures while their mother is away hunting food.
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Clearfield Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Little Books
Collins Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Grand Island Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Hamburg Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lackawanna Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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From a Caldecott Medal-winning author comes this wordless story in which four small kittens share adventures while their mother is away hunting food. The kittens go exploring, where their mischief-making leads to a run in with a hungry hawk! Full-color illustrations.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. In this wordless picture book, four little kittens living on a farm wait for their mother to bring home food. The mottled watercolor spreads show the kitties scampering around the barn, as the mother stalks outside and later follows several mice into the feed room. Throughout, a large black-and-white dog watches over the family. When a kitten falls into a container of milk, the dog alerts the farmer; when the mother cat gets locked in the feed room, the dog stands by the door until it is opened. There's an engaging story line, but the ending may bother some children: the pictures show the cat bringing in a mouse and the kittens playing with it or perhaps getting ready to eat it. Fortunately, the pictures are impressionistic, so it's hard to tell just what's happening; some children, however, are bound to ask about the mouse's fate. Larger libraries wanting a complete collection of Caldecott Medal^-winner McCully's work are perhaps the best purchasers for this one. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

While the cat's away, the kittens get mighty hungry, in this sweet, wordless picture book. Here McCully treats her subjects in realistic portraits, unlike her previous freely rendered Picnic and other wordless books about the anthropomorphized mouse family. A busy day on the farm begins when a mother cat jogs out of the barn to hunt for food just as the farmer and his dog head into the barn to do some chores. Mama cat's pursuit of a mouse leads her from barn to outdoor field and back into the barn's grain room. Alas, the farmer kicks the grain-room door shut, trapping the cat inside. Noticing the four playful kittens all alone--and headed for potential trouble--the dog steps in as caretaker. The smart pooch also figures out the cat's predicament and alerts the farmer, saving the day. McCully's tale says plenty, even without text; she offers the audience drama, adventure and a bit of humor. Her sun-dappled watercolors, most of them framed as squares or soft-edged circles, depict the rhythms of a barnyard morning and a tenderness and camaraderie between the animals. A memorable scene in which the dog offers its bone to the kittens (who don't know what to make of it) is simultaneously comic and poignant, epitomizing McCully's work here. Ages 2-6. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This wordless picture book creates character, depicts playfulness, builds suspense, introduces surprise, and offers a satisfying conclusion-all at a level easily appreciated by preschoolers. While the mama cat searches for dinner on the farm (and gets trapped in the feed room by the unknowing farmer), her four kittens pass the time engaged in various exploits: looking yearningly at a nursing calf, falling into a milk can, and narrowly escaping a hungry hawk. The harrowing experiences of the felines do not go unnoticed. A steadfast dog (whose expressions are priceless) either fetches the farmer or offers his own brand of assistance. McCully's watercolors, in circular and square scenes framed by a white border, as well as some full bleeds, are notable for their ability to portray personality and capture the shifting light and shadows. The cozy conclusion with mama, kittens, and the friendly canine will charm even the most jaded reader. The subtle details and coloring make the book most successful with small groups or one-on-one.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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