Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Kitten's First Full Moon
by Kevin Henkes
Night has fallen and up in the dark sky is a bright full moon. Being that Kitten has never seen a full moon before, she thinks it is a little bowl of milk in the sky...and she wants it! Kitten begins making a series of attempts to reach the little bowl of milk, but has no luck. A sad Kitten heads home and finds that there is a surprise waiting for her on the porch!
I really enjoyed "Kitten's First Full Moon" because it is simple yet sweet! Even though Kitten mistakes the moon for a little bowl of milk, it shows that she is learning about the world around her. It also demonstrates Kitten's persistence in trying to reach the little bowl of milk. Therefore, by reading this book to your preschooler, he/she can understand what it is like to be learning about the surrounding world and can more than likely relate to what it is like to want something badly. They will also be entertained by the numerous ways that Kitten tries to get to the little bowl of milk! Again, "Kitten's First Full Moon" is a Caldecott Medal Winner (2005) and its illustrations are impressive as it captures the nighttime setting of the story beautifully.
Activity: Allow your preschooler to further explore the world around them by learning and seeing the different phases of the moon. Below is a link that contains the schedule for all the moon phases in 2011, arranged by month. Explain to your preschooler that it is not the moon that changes shape, but rather its appearance from Earth that changes. The phases of the moon occur depending on the part of the moon that receives sunlight, and the part of it that does not.
Moon phases 2011: http://www.universetoday.com/20177/moon-phases-2011/
Book cover copied and pasted from: http://www.amazon.com/Kittens-First-Full-Kevin-Henkes/dp/0060588284