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CHRISTMAS KITTEN, HOME AT LAST

Author: Robin Pulver

Illustrator: Layne Johnson

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Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company, 2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: Santa knows he's allergic, but Cookie is such a cute kitten. Mrs. Claus sends a sneezing Santa off for a nap, while she figures out what to do about Cookie. What can she do? Santa has finished all of his deliveries. Maybe Cookie knows what to do! This picture book tells the story of a kitten's journey to the perfect home.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 and Up

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Reading Level: 2.5

Age of Child: Read with a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: After reading Christmas Kitten, our daughter wanted a cat "just like Cookie." The minute she saw Angela's letter, she hoped Santa would find a way to give her the kitten.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet story for sharing with young children - especially those who want pets for Christmas. I love that Santa had an allergy - a real factor in some homes; and also that he won't deliver pets without a parent's written permission. Those two themes offer great "options" for parents whose children want pets under the Christmas tree.

Pros: Beautiful illustrations and adorable cat tug at readers' hearts in this holiday story.

Cons: None ... except that your child might want a pet even more!

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you have young children who desperately want a pet, the story could work to your favor - or theirs!

If You Liked This Book, Try: CHRISTMAS AT THE CANDLE FACTORY   CUT DOWN TO SIZE AT HIGH NOON; A Math Adventure   SNOWBALL, COME HOME!

Educational Themes: There are great lessons here about the reality of an allergy to animals. I also opens the door for talking about pets - and that there is a lot more to it than just a cute animal under the tree.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, Christmas

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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