Sunday, July 12, 2009

Princess, A Lucky Kitten

Barbie Heit Schwaeber
Illustrations by Catherine Herta

Princess is a lucky kitten, adopted by Jin, from a local pet shelter. After a day of shopping with her mom, Jin decides to use her own money to rescue Princess, and after receiving advice on care for the new kitten, mom, Jin, and Princess go home. Jin and her family live in Chinatown, so the reader is afforded a glimpse into the Chinese culture. The book is written with the endorsement of the American Veterinary Medical Association, with basic information a child would need to take care of a young kitten. While the story is less fiction and more instructive, it is a good find for a child interested in a kitten, specifically Persians. One of the best parts of this book is the inclusion of the read-along CD, which makes for an independent reader. The illustrations are colorful, engaging, and are a major part of the success of the story. Unlike most storybooks, this one includes web site information for the American Veterinary Medical Association and Soundprints. Since this book is a multi-cultural glimpse of the Chinese culture and the care of a kitten, it would be an excellent addition to elementary classrooms.

BIBLIO: 2007, Soundprints, Ages 9 to 12, $4.95
REVIEWER: Debby Willett
FORMAT: Picture Book
ISBN: 978-15-92496-754
REVIEWED FOR: Children’s Literature, Online Version, 4/09

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