By Eugenie Fernandes
Kids Can Press, $14.95, 24 pages
In Kitten’s Winter, an adorable kitten struggles to reach home through the snow on a cold, winter day. On her trek through the forest, the kitten passes all sorts of wild creatures, active or hibernating: a fox, a turtle, a beaver, a raccoon, a woodpecker, a rabbit, an otter, a fish, a bear, a squirrel and a chipmunk. Despite the conditions, all turns out well for the kitten in the end when she reaches her home and finds a quilt for a nice cuddle.
Author and illustrator Eugenie Fernandez uses wonderfully simple, rhythmic rhymes to tell this kitten’s tale. No more than four words appear on any page, making Kitten’s Winter a delightful read-aloud to very young children. Because of the rhyme and limited wording, this book might also work as an early reader for a confident beginner. Fernandes’ clay, acrylic paint and mixed media collages complement the text. Kitten’s Winter provides young children with a sweet introduction to the world in winter and provides parents a perfect opportunity to snuggle and read with their child on a cold night.
Reviewed by Annie Peters