HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Four Little Kittens
Author: Kathleen N. Daly
Illustrator: Adriana Mazza Saviozzi
Publisher: Merrigold Press, republished in 1962
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3-7
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Daly, Kathleen N. Four Little Kittens (published in 1957 by Golden Press, a division of Western Publishing Company Inc., Racine, WI). Four little kittens are born on some soft hay in the corner of a barn, and the mother cat wonders what kind of cats they’ll grow up to be. After they open their eyes and get bigger, Tuff, the biggest, goes off to be an Alley Cat like Uncle Tom. Luff decides to be a Ship’s Cat like Uncle Tar. Ruff wants to be a Farm Cat like Mother. But little Muff doesn’t like to chase rats on a farm, or run from stray dogs in the alley, or climb masts on a ship. So, where will she go? And what kind of cat will she become?
This is another older Little Golden Book that I picked up along with two others a couple of years ago in a used book store. Most of the Little Golden Books are good, but I especially like some of the older ones because they have interesting stories that often make good points for children. As I was growing up, we always had cats around, some outside to keep the vermin away from my father’s outbuildings, and some inside as pets. In fact, my mother raised Siamese cats for a while. And ever since my wife and I bought our first house, we have had a cat (or more—right now we have two). Four Little Kittens would make an excellent fictional complement for young students who are learning about cats.