This is a perfect book to share with young children as summer begins. The rhymes are fun and children can identify lots of objects in the pictures.
As rain begins to fall, Kitten dashes for home. The text uses rhymed couplets to identify the animals that she passes by. For example, “Robin shelters, /Squirrel scrambles. /Chipmunk skitters, Raccoon ambles.” The illustrations really tell the story. Fernandes’ mixed-media artwork creates a three-dimensional look for the forest and its denizens. Because only the cat’s tail is seen in some of the pictures, children can play “spot the kitten” as the story is read.
Kitten’s Summer and its three companion books—Kitten’s Autumn, Kitten’s Winter, and Kitten’s Spring are all excellent for small group or one-on-one reading.
Check the WRL catalog for Kitten’s Summer.