Barney and the Kitten
Illustrated by: Ken Kuroi
Translated by: Peter Howlett
Published by: RIC Publications Ltd Asia, Japan
Ages: 3 – 6yrs
Theme: Love, caring, responsibility, adventure, friendship and humour.
Opening Lines: One day, Barney goes to play in the park. He hears a sound coming from under a park bench.
Synopsis: Barney is a chubby little puppy who loves adventure. One day he finds a cute little kitten crying in the park. The kitten runs to Barney snuggling up, thinking he is her mother. Barney is not sure what to do but when realising the kitten is lost, sets out to find it’s mother. Barney proves himself to be a real “big brother.”
Why I like this: It is such a cute and engaging story of an older puppy taking responsibility for a young kitten. The gentle sweet story written in bold print is easy to read and children will love it’s warm fuzzy message. Children learn the value of caring for others. The warm sweet illustrations are playful and a delight. The pages of the book are thicker than normal so will wear well with the constant request to be read. The book was originally published under the title of “Korowan wa Onlichan by Child Honsha Co ltd in Japan, 2006, later translated from Japanese to English. Great as a bedtime story or an added tool to help a young child adjust to a new arrival in the home
Resources/Findings: Although there are no resources directly related to this book , here are a few ideas where this book would be useful.
A great teachers aid for teaching about looking after animals…. http://www.allaboutanimals.org.uk/primaryTeachers.asp
All you need to know about very small pets for kids, links and communities, clubs, etc… http://www.smallanimalchannel.com/kids/best-small-animal-pets-for-children.aspx
Have kids in the classroom write why their brother or sister is the best. Here is examples and quizzes, etc… http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/home_family/comments_siblings.html
For parents helping their child adjust to a new sibling…. http://www.babycenter.com/0_helping-your-preschooler-adjust-to-a-new-sibling_3636582.bc
Thought you would like to see a little of illustrator Ken Kuroi’s work…. http://www.kaiseisha.net/illustrator/ken_kuroi.html
For more books with resources please head on over and visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors