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Katie loves the kittens

Publication Information:
[Weston, Conn.] : Weston Woods ; [New York] : Scholastic, ©2010.
Physical Description:
1 audio disc (approximately 26 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm).
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Complete and unabridged.

Compact disc.

Track 1: page-turning signals (7:28) ; track 2: no signals (7:20) ; track 3: An interview with John Himmelman (12:14).

Book published: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2008.
Track 1. Story with page-turn signals (7:28) ; track 2. Story without page-turn signals (7:20) ; track 3. An interview with John Himmelman (12:14).
When Sara Ann brings home three little kittens, Katie the dog's enthusiasm frightens the kittens away, until she learns that a quiet patience is sometimes needed to begin a friendship.
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JP Himmelman
JP Himmelman

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Katie, a little dog, is so excited when Sara Ann brings home three little kittens that she can't stop herself from howling and trying to run after them. But her enthusiasm frightens the kitties, and she's sad when they run away from her. Don't they know that she just wants to play?

Author Notes

John Himmelman was born in Kittery, Maine. He received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1981. He wrote Talester the Lizard while taking a course in writing and illustrating children's books and it became his first published book. To pay the bills, he worked as a cook and then as a carpenter, working on his books at night. It took about six years before he could make a full time living writing and illustrating children's books.

He has written and illustrated over 70 children's books, many with nature-related themes. His books include Discovering Moths, Discovering Amphibians, Guide to Night Singing Insects of the Northeast, and Cricket Radio: Tuning In To the Night-Singing Insects.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Poor Katie! All she wants to do is play with Sara Ann's new kittens, but they are petrified of the white-and-brown spotted pup. "As soon as she saw them, she howled "AROOOOOO! AROOOOOO! She always howled like that when she was very happy." Katie's excitement only results in the three frightened felines fleeing in alarm, clinging to the drapes and lampshade. When her owner admonishes her and insists that she leave them alone until they grow accustomed to her, Katie tries her best to stay away-but how can she resist them? At night, Sara Ann takes the creatures to bed with her, closing the door on Katie. The clever canine goes outside, jumps up to the bedroom window, and gazes longingly. Bedlam ensues as she pounces through the window onto the slumbering pets. In the morning, the eager pooch unwittingly eats their food, incurring her owner's wrath. Ashamed and dejected, Katie takes to her bed and falls asleep. Imagine her surprise and delight when she finally awakens to find the tiny threesome cuddled up on top of her. The endearing little dog is irresistible in this animated rendering of John Himmelman's book (Holt, 2008). The lively, empathetic narration captures Katie's exuberance and remorse, and the hilarious colored pencil-and-watercolor cartoons come to life on the screen. An engaging bonus interview with the author includes childhood photos and reminiscences. A winning package for dog lovers and aspiring young writers and artists.-Barbara Auerbach, P.S. 217, Brooklyn, NY (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

This sweet book tells the story of a dog--that's Katie--who is utterly infatuated with her owner's new kittens. "Aroooooo!" howls Katie eagerly whenever she sees the tiny felines, but her vocalizing, leaping and avid tail-wagging only scare the living daylights out of them. Katie learns, after some setbacks (readers will totally sympathize), that desperately wanting to make friends is not necessarily a good starting point; sometimes, it's better to let the other side take the lead. Himmelman's (Chickens to the Rescue) empathetic, economical text builds dramatic tension and the audience's identification with Katie without an excess of anthropomorphizing. The pencil and ink drawings evince the same combination of craft and tenderness. Katie is the very picture of openheartedness, confusion and contrition, and readers will root for her from the very first page. Ages 3-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

A sweet, modest look at the major childhood issue of self-control, Himmelman's latest is told from the point of view of a very friendly dog, Katie, who learns that overwhelming enthusiasm (here shown as howling and chasing) isn't always the best way to make new friends. Himmelman makes the struggle for good behavior amusing, as Katie tries to express her love for three kittens that her owner brings home. Katie howls as soon as she sees them; her noisy AROOOOOOOO is spelled out across the page like a big yellow banner, and the text explains, She always howled like that when she was very happy. Katie chases the kittens around the house, is quickly reprimanded, and spends the rest of the book trying not to scare them. Himmelman conveys Katie's eagerness with wagging that starts in her tail and takes over her body. Patience finally pays off when the kittens cuddle up to Katie after she falls asleep, exhausted from all that self-control, and the final page shows the animals playing in perfect harmony.--Nolan, Abby Copyright 2008 Booklist