Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten

Amazon/Two Lions. Aug. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781542042468.
PreS-Gr 1–Clover Kitty is not sure she is ready for kittygarten, so when she finds herself in Ms. Snappytail’s classroom filled with lots of other kittens, she panics. It is noisy and crowded. After a day of many activities, including singing and naptime chaos, Clover has had enough! Although Oliver, a fluffy brown kitten, tries to be her friend and include her in activities, everything is all overwhelming for Clover. She spits, bites, and throws a fit. Kittygarten is not for her. For the next few days, she feigns a cold and Mama Kitty allows her to stay home, where it is peaceful and soothing. Finally, on Friday, Clover decides she may be ready for kittygarten after all. Armed with a backpack full of survival gear, she is ready to join the class and even begins to find some enjoyment in school. Young readers will identify with Clover’s feelings about starting school or any new adventure. Pair with classic first day of school titles such as Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes or The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. The watercolor illustrations have soft, inviting colors.
VERDICT A perfect story to share at the beginning of the school year.

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