By Kevin Henkes
Calling all Kevin Henkes fans! The author/illustrator’s 34th book is a charming masterpiece. Winner of the 2005 Caldecott Medal, this beautiful picture book has something for everyone – humor, suspense, adventure, gorgeous black-and-white illustrations, and a happy ending.
Kitten is determined to get the little bowl of milk she sees in the sky. She reaches and chases and climbs and tries with all her might, but she just can’t get that delicious milk.
Then something even more amazing happens... she finds an even bigger bowl of milk! Will she be able to the get the milk from the big bowl? Share this special picture book with your young reader and find out if Kitten is rewarded for her determination.
In this Issue
- Black and White Milk
- Kitten Mask
Black and White Milk
An ordinary glass of milk gets an artistic upgrade when the serving glass is painted with chocolate. Inspired by the black and white illustrations of Kitten's First Full Moon and the object of Kitten's curiosity, this easy recipe is sure to delight young readers.
Young Readers in the Kitchen
This recipe was made for kids! Once an adult helper has melted the chocolate in the microwave, kids can go to town decorating the inside of their glass. After chilling, all it needs is a pour of milk and it's ready to enjoy!
Black and White Milk
- chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons should be plenty
- Place chocolate chips in a small microwavable bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds, stirring halfway through, until melted.
- Using the back of a spoon, have young readers "paint" designs on the inside of their glass. Allow the chocolate to set for a few minutes.
- Pour milk into glass, and serve!
Drawing inspiration from the round shapes and black and white color palate in Kitten’s First Full Moon, we couldn’t resist making an activity that incorporated both elements. Using the most basic of art supplies, your reader will make a Kitten mask to use when reading the book, acting out the story or gazing at the full moon.
Kitten's First Full Moon Mask
- 2 paper plates
- black crayon
- black yarn
- wooden stick – paper stirrer, tongue depressor or popsicle stick work well
- Cut two round holes in one of the paper plates for eye-holes.
- Use the black crayon to color around the outside edge of the paper plate.
- Fold the second paper plate in half then cut a triangle shape off one end of the folded plate.
- Open the triangle and cut along the fold line to make 2 triangles.
- Use the black crayon to color around the outside edges of both triangles.
- Staple the two triangles on the top of the first paper plate to make Kitten’s ears.
- Use the black crayon to make Kitten’s nose and mouth.
- Tape the wooden stick to the back of the paper plate.
- Cut four lengths of black yarn to make Kitten’s whiskers.
- Squeeze two lines of glue on either side of Kitten’s nose and press a length of yarn onto each line of glue.
- Allow glue to dry.
Related Post: Need another animal mask? Try our Little Mouse Mask craft!
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- Another book about a full moon, By the Light of the Harvest Moon!
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