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Title:
Kitten red, yellow, blue
ISBN:
9780689865626
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2005.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Summary:
After placing the red kitten with Dave the firefighter and the blue kitten with Francine the police officer, Mrs. Tuttle finds homes for fourteen other colorful kittens. Sixteen calico kittens -- the number of colors in a crayon box. Their mother, Sophie, knows one from another...but how do you think Mrs. Tuttle tells those kittens apart? Peter Catalanotto's sequel to his Matthew A.B.C. and Daisy 1, 2, 3 invites long looking, counting, and laughing!
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Sixteen calico kittens -- the number of colors in a crayon box.
Their mother, Sophie, knows one from another...but how do you think Mrs. Tuttle tells those kittens apart?
Peter Catalanotto's sequel to his Matthew A.B.C. and Daisy 1, 2, 3 invites long looking, counting, and laughing!


Author Notes

Peter Catalanotto was born in March 1959 in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in East Northport, Long Island. Catalanotto was educated at the Pratt Institute; his career as an illustrator began in the 1980s, painting jackets for young adult books and illustrating for newspapers and magazines. In 1987 he was asked to illustrate All I See by Cynthia Rylant. Peter then went on to write several picture books, the first being Dylan's Day Out, published in 1989. He has since published over 40 books, 14 of which he also wrote, including Matthew A. B. C., Emily's Art, Ivan the Terrier, and Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-it-All.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 1-Sophia, a tabby cat, has 16 kittens. Using different-colored collars for each one, the author introduces both colors and community helpers: "Teal kitten cures with Louann, the pediatrician" and "Chartreuse kitten directs with Celia, the crossing guard." After their busy days, the kittens are reunited with an anxious Sophia during a colorful party. Catalanotto's sepia-like pictures are highlighted with the color introduced. For example, the color tan appears in the grocery bag and in the clerk's uniform. "Rust" appears along the pipes that Tony the plumber is repairing as well as in his shirt. The kittens also have touches of color. The art has a lot of child appeal, as do the popular concepts, and the text is bold and easy to read. A book of high interest to teachers and children.-Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

And youngsters can master their colors thanks to Kitten Red, Yellow, Blue, the third in Peter Catalanotto's captivating concept books (Matthew A. B. C.; Daisy 1, 2, 3). Here 16 calico kittens each wear a unique colored collar that matches up with an appropriate owner. For instance, "Red kitten rescues with Dave, the firefighter," and "Purple kitten performs with Zack, the musician," who sports a purple Mohawk. Catalanotto uses a primarily gray backdrop to accent the featured color. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Horn Book Review

This companion to Matthew A.B.C. and Daisy 1 2 3 feels more contrived than the previous books. How does Mrs. Tuttle tell her sixteen calico kittens apart? The creative watercolor art suggests that she gives them each a different colored ribbon, then gives each cat to a neighbor with the same color-associated job: ""Blue kitten patrols with Francine, the police officer."" (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

Named for colors in a box of crayons, 16 kittens pair off with as many community workers and residents in this ingenious cousin to Matthew A.B.C. (2002) and Daisy 1, 2, 3 (2003). Catalanotto lines up Sophia the cat's calico offspring and then sends them away wearing colored collars to help new owners in their own way. Red kitten looks on as Dave the red-hatted firefighter contemplates a dog stuck in a tree, for instance; Green kitten poses for Paul the landscaper's verdant topiary; Orange kitten demonstrates a jump shot for Chelsea the basketball player; Turquoise kitten queasily accompanies Audrey the pilot; and, in a bit of cleverly indirect product placement, Brown kitten's line of work involves delivering parcels. To brighten the color highlights, the artist renders each lively, humorous scene in neutral tones, and closes with a chromatic blast, as the kittens reunite, with confetti and identifying balloons, for a parental visit. Young fans of Martin's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (1983, 1992) and its myriad cousins will love the expanded range of color choices here. (Picture book. 4-6) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

PreS-K. In Matthew A. B. C. 0 (2002) and Daisy 1, 2, 3 0 (2003), 0 Catalanotto introduces kindly teacher Mrs. Tuttle, who devises clever alphabet and counting exercises to differentiate among her identical students. In this follow-up, Mrs. Tuttle is faced with a litter of indistinguishable kittens, and she uses colors to help her identify them, particularly after she sends them out to their new homes. Each spread shows a different kitten wearing a collar in a color that is often a fitting match to the profession of the kitten's owner: Rust Kitten lives with Tony the plumber, for example; Pink Kitten dances with Zoe the ballerina. Catalanotto offers a nice balance of gender roles in his lineup of pet owners: the basketball player, the pilot, and the package courier are women. Children will chortle over the felines' high jinks depicted in the appealing gray-toned paintings, which are accented with bright splashes of the featured hues. A satisfying, high-spirited way to review colors and introduce professions. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2005 Booklist