Kitten’s First Full Moon

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When Kitten wakes up to her first full moon, she thinks it’s a bowl of milk in the sky. She dreams of having it! Closing her eyes, she stretches her neck and opens her mouth to lap it up but only catches a bug. She runs down the sidewalk and over the fields to a pond, but the bowl of milk is still so far away. She climbs a tree to see if she can reach it. Poor Kitten—that doesn’t work. But in the pond is a larger bowl of milk! She races down the tree, through the grass, and SPLASH into the pond, only to get wet. Defeated, she makes her way back home. What do you think is waiting for her there?

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It was Kitten’s first full moon.

When she saw it, she thought, “There’s a little bowl of milk in the sky.” And she wanted it.

So she closed her eyes and stretched her neck and opened her mouth and licked.

But Kitten only ended up with a bug on her tongue. Poor Kitten!

Still, there was the little bowl of milk, just waiting.

So she pulled herself together and wiggled her bottom and sprang from the top step of the porch.

But Kitten only tumbled—

bumping her nose

and banging her ear

and pinching her tail.

Poor Kitten!

Still, there was the little bowl of milk, just waiting.

So she chased it—

down the sidewalk,

through the garden,

past the field,

and by the pond.

But Kitten never seemed to get closer.

Poor Kitten!

Still, there was the little bowl of milk, just waiting.

So she ran to the tallest tree she could find,

and she climbed and climbed and climbed to the very top.

But Kitten still couldn’t reach the bowl of milk,

and now she was scared.

Poor Kitten! What could she do?

Then, in the pond, Kitten saw another bowl of milk, and it was bigger.

What a night!

So she raced down the tree

and raced through the grass

and raced to the edge of the pond.

She leaped with all her might—

Poor Kitten!

She was wet

and sad and tired and hungry.

So she went back home.

And there was a great big bowl of milk on the porch,

just waiting for her.

Lucky Kitten!

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  • Written and illustrated by: Kevin Henkes
  • Music composed by: Ernest V. Troost
  • Adapted and directed by: Gary McGivney
  • Published by: Greenwillow Books
  • An imprint of: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Copyright: © 2004 by Kevin Henkes


  • Narrator: Joan Allen

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