Saturday, December 12, 2020

Review - Kitten's Winter

Kitten's Winter
(Kitten #1)
by Eugenie Fernandes
Date: 2009
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 24
Format: e-book
Source: library

Winter comes to Kitten's world, and the little calico leaves her cozy home for an afternoon of exploration and discovery. Kitten learns that even on a frosty day, animal life flourishes: a squirrel forages, an otter goes fishing and a woodpecker taps the side of a bare-limbed tree. At the same time, readers discover that for many animals, winter is a time of rest. Softly, Kitten treads past a burrowing turtle, a napping beaver and a hibernating bear. Told in rhyming couplets, Kitten's Winter is a perfect introduction to animal behavior and habitats. And its sumptuous, mixed-media illustrations make it ideal for beginning and pre-readers, who will delight in spotting all the different details of the season.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Based on the cover, I wasn't expecting much. But this is actually an adorable picture book with unique illustrations that will likely appeal to very young children.

Very simple rhyming text is paired with fascinating illustrations that are apparently done with self-hardening clay, acrylic paint, and mixed-media collage. The result is a series of highly detailed illustrations that show Kitten exploring a forest and encountering the creatures who live there, all of which are doing what their species does during winter.

I would recommend this one to readers looking for simple rhyming picture books about the seasons.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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