by Eugenie Fernandes
Kids Can Press, 2011
Format: Picture book
What did you like about the book?
I loved the illustrations which are made from “self-hardening clay,
acrylic paint and mixed-media collage.” They are vibrant in their natural
colors and intricate in their scenes. Children will be able to spend time
on each vignette to learn about how animals live during the winter,
whether above or below the snow.
It’s fun to try and find Kitten on each page, sometimes she’s out and
about and other times you have to search for her. This could easily be
made into a game during story time, “who finds Kitten first.”
The simple rhymes with each scene will also help young children identify
the creatures and what they are doing.
What didn’t you like about the book?
Not a thing.
To whom would you recommend this book? (Read-alikes if you can think of
Anyone who enjoys Jan Brett’s books, The Mitten or The Hat, or Kevin
Henkes’ Kitten’s First Full Moon will enjoy Kitten’s Winter.
Who should buy this book? (Middle schools, high schools, small libraries,
all libraries, etc.)
Public libraries for storytime, preschools-Kindergartens, parents, day
care providers and anyone who enjoys beautiful picture books.
Where would you shelve it and why?
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our ‘to read’ piles?
If you feel that picture books are an art form, then definitely put this
on your “to read” pile.
Pope John XXIII High School, Everett
Date of review:January 4, 2012