Max and I definitely enjoyed our latest cat reads for the Young Readers Challenge. Frankly, it's quite a treat for me to watch Max delight in these simple stories. We read chapter books together, and even on his own, he reads books at a much higher difficulty level than these simple picture books, but there is something so completely comforting, for both of us I believe, in sitting down and sharing these little treasures. I know I will certainly miss the day when he finally says, "Mom, these books are for babies." My fingers are crossed that that day is still a long way off.
Kitten's First Full Moon, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. Sweet little story about a kitten who sees her first full moon and mistakes it for a big bowl of milk. She tries one thing after another in an effort to reach that "bowl of milk" but of course, she fails. She eventually returns home to find a real bowl of milk waiting for her on the porch. The story is sweet, as is the artwork. In fact, this book won the 2005 Caldecott Medal.
Cat and Fish, written by Joan Grant and illustrated by Neil Curtis. Simple, amusing story of a cat and fish who meet and become friends, doing "normal" friend things and learning about the worlds they each live in. While the above book won the Caldecott Medal, I have to admit that it was the artwork in this book that really blew me away! I searched for other images to share, but unfortunately couldn't find any. Each layout contained a full-page bold, beautiful drawing, like the one seen on the cover. They are quite reminiscent of engravings. I can't count how many times I've picked up this book to look through the drawings. In fact, I think I'm going to try to find a copy of this book, just so I can frame a few of the drawings to hang in our bathroom. (Please don't hurt me for talking about cutting up a book, okay?)