“The Lost Kitten” is a sweet story of compassion, empathy and love (but not at first sight!) between a young girl, Hina, and a stray kitty. It has lovely, soft illustrations and any child reading this book will undoubtedly imagine their own kitty rescue story.
This book has great potential to be a conversation starter about past experiences with caring for animals, coming across strays, and not taking things at face value (an important lesson for children). The way the story relates back to a previous experience of being lost could also prompt discussion around the feeling of joy when being reunited with loved ones.
This endearing book is ideal to read aloud to a group of children, or a bedtime story for those who dream of one day rescuing a kitten (every child, right?!). This book has a positive theme and a happy ending for readers of all ages.
Title: The Lost Kitten
Illustrator: Komako Sakai
Publisher: Gecko Press
Date of Publication: February 2017
Age range: 2–5
Reviewer: Mel Heke
Position: Primary School Teacher (Year 2)
School: Summerland Primary School, Auckland