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adapted by Jerry Pinkney, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3533-0
Publisher: Dial

An expanded version of the familiar rhyme provides an ideal opportunity for Caldecott Medalist Pinkney to create a trio of truly adorable kittens and their long-suffering mother. The author cleverly turns the tale into a circular one, eschewing any mention of a rat and ending instead with the kittens once again eager to go outside and play. Because the original features varied rhythms already, the interpolations succeed in extending the story without disrupting the traditional feel. They also improve both logic and flow, at least for modern listeners. Some readers might wonder why the kittens wear only scarves or a frilly collar with their mittens while Mother wears a long dress and even the birds sport tiny hats and scarves. But they’re more likely to be distracted by how darn cute all of the characters are and, in particular, how lively and lifelike the kittens are in the lovely pencil-and-watercolor illustrations. There's also plenty of detail to pore over in the cozy, old-fashioned house and the leaf-strewn yard. An appealing update of a perennial favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)