Lola M. Schaefer is the author of several books for children, including An Island Grows; Pick, Pull, Snap! Where Once a Flower Bloomed, an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts; and What's Up, What's Down She lives with her husband, Ted, in the mountains of north Georgia, where she occasionally observes the back end of a black bear, coyote, or gray fox.
PreS-Gr 1-Lonely at first and then perplexed by sounds coming from the other side of the fence, Mittens responds with scratching, meowing, and digging sounds of his own. Schaefer captures the kitten's confusion and determination to solve the mystery. "Ruff! Ruff! What's that, Mittens?" "Dig! Dig! What's that, Mittens?" The author uses rhythm and word repetition to appeal to new readers, who will giggle when they see what has been making such a ruckus. It's Max in all his huge doggy glory, depicted with an irresistible black nose, pink tongue, and plenty of folds for snuggling. With the gentle underlying message that new friends come in all sizes, this simple adventure joins earlier books about the playful striped kitten and is perfect for beginning-reader sections.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Mittens: "Preschoolers will enjoy the kitten's story, as they recognize how it feels to be a small creature in a giant world."--ALA Booklist