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A Kitten Tale



Last updated Thursday, January 8, 2009

Author: Eric Rohmann
Date of Publication: 2008
ISBN: 0517709155
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jan. 2009

Synopsis: Once there were four kittens who had never seen snow. The first three kittens are wary—snow is cold, it’s wet, it covers everything. As the seasons pass and winter begins to loom, the three skittish kittens worry. But the fourth kitten is getting excited. Snow will cover everything! “I can’t wait!”

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you like kittens? Do you have a kitten?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Are the kittens eager to see the snow?
•  Did all of the kittens hide when the snow came?
•  What did the other kittens do when they saw the fourth kitten in the snow?
•  Do you like snow? Do you like to play in the snow?

Craft ideas:
•  Take a sheet of paper and fold it into four. Then draw four seasons of the kittens, until it snows
•  Draw your favorite kitten from the book
•  Make a cat mask out of a paper plate or brown bag
•  Draw a snow scene of cats playing in snow
•  Draw a picture of something you can't wait to do
•  Make kitten nose and kitten ears. Cut 2 long strings. Cut out 2 triangles the same size for the kitten ears. Color the ears. Fold the base of the triangles over ˝ inch. Use a glue stick over the folded edge and place the ears close together. Place the string inside the folded edge with the glue and secure. For the nose, cut a another triangle and color. Glue whiskers on the nose. Punch out 2 holes on each side of the base. Run the 2nd string through the nose. Attach the kitten ears and nose to the kids!
•  Draw a picture of the 4 kittens playing in the snow or in autumn leaves. Bring ahead option, bring cotton balls and have them glue to the picture. You can pre-cut leaves for them to attach to the autumn scene.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!