Story time is the best time of the day. Whether we're snuggled up on the couch or cozy in our pjs before bed, reading stories with my little ones is one of my favorite things to do. Everyone has a favorite book they remember from their childhood, and every day, parents and kids are discovering new classics of their own. There are many fabulous children's books out there, some of which everyone knows about and others we would have never discovered had my son not simply pulled a random book off a library shelf. I created this blog to share some of these wonderful stories with you. Think of it as a year's worth of the best children's books around, since no day should be without a great story. In the end, I hope we'll all have discovered at least a few new titles that will have made their way onto our list of family favorites. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Day 18: Kitten's First Full Moon

In light of tonight's "Super Moon" -- the largest full moon in 18 years -- I thought it only appropriate to feature Kevin Henkes' adorable classic Kitten's First Full Moon.  This was another Melinda recommendation, and my little guy and I snuggled up and read it last night after admiring the moon rising out his bedroom window.  In this story, a persistent little kitten is determined to reach the bowl of milk she sees in the sky.  Try as she might, that pesky milk remains elusive, teasing her all the while.  "Still, there was the little bowl of milk, just waiting."  When she sees its even larger reflection in the pond, she becomes even more determined to reach it, but again comes up emptyhanded.  (Imagine how hungry she would be if she saw tonight's super moon!)   My son loves the beautifully simple yet expressive charcoal illustrations, and takes particular delight in knowing all along what the kitten does not:  the bowl of milk is really the moon.  Silly kitten!  Though she eventually gives up and heads home, dejected, kitten's story has a happy ending.  I know a book is good when my son has parts (or all) of it memorized.  As he was playing with his trains this morning, I overheard him reciting part of the story to himself:  "... She sprang from the top step of the porch.  But kitten only tumbled -- bumping her nose and banging her ear and pinching her tail.  Poor kitten!"   If you haven't checked out tonight's moon, take a look outside, and if you haven't checked out this charming book, add it to your library list.  You and your little one are bound to love it.


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