Caldecott Medal Winner
Henkes, Kevin. Kitten’s First Full Moon. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2004. 40 pages.
What it’s About:
A little kitten sees her first full moon and mistakenly believes that the moon is a bowl of milk. After many unsuccessful attempts to leap up into the sky, she discovers the moon’s reflection in a pond and jumps into the water. The poor little kitten returns home cold and wet and finds a nice warm surprise.
A Caldecott Medal winner of 2005, Kitten’s First Full Moon is the charming story of a recently born kitten who sees her first full moon and believes that it is a bowl of milk up in the sky. She makes several futile attempts trying to reach it. Finally she jumps into the pond believing that the reflection of the moon in the water is another bowl of milk. The illustrations are a visually stunning blend of black, white, and grey with only very spare details. The story is compelling because the reader’s heart goes out to the poor innocent kitten who doesn’t yet understand the world she lives in. The story will certainly inspire empathy from a child who probably encounters many things in his or her life that are still a mystery. The ending of the story will reassure children that there is love and warmth waiting at home after a day spent in the complicated and mysterious outside world.
Other Awards and Recognition
American Library Association Notable Books for Children 2005
Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award 2005
Charlotte Zolotow Award 2005