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KITTY AND ME by Sharon Smith Kane


by Sharon Smith Kane ; illustrated by Sharon Smith Kane

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-8050-9705-4
Publisher: Henry Holt

“I love Kitty and Kitty loves me. / He comes when I call him…usually.”

A little Caucasian girl explains her special relationship with her kitten, their daily routines, games and adventures. “In the morning while I’m still in bed, / He jumps on my pillow and pats my head.” She gently returns the affection. They move on to play: “He rolls and tumbles as he plays; / I giggle and laugh at his funny ways.” Sometimes he scratches and earns a scolding, but she’s always gentle. He likes to go outside to pounce on bugs, scratch trees and startle birds. Once he was scared by a dog, and his little girl saved him. They love each other, “[a]nd that’s the way it will always be.” A veteran writer/illustrator of Little Golden Books and other offerings for young listeners, Kane creates a book parents will swear they read as a child. From the creamy gray color of the paper to the vintage, timeless pencil-and-watercolor illustrations to the simple rhyming text, the whole is free of technology and topical language. The girl and the kitten are drawn realistically (if rather woodenly), as is their sweet relationship.

An aggressively retro kitty-care manual for the youngest feline aficionados.

(Picture book. 3-6)