“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliography: Written by Lee Wardlaw and Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin, Henry Holt and Company, LLC, New York, 2011, 40 pgs.
Reading Level: DRA Level P (3rd grade); Lexile Level is not available
Synopsis: This book is a compilation of brilliant Haiku poems that tell the story of a cat who is adopted from a shelter and brought to a boy’s home. The poor cat does not think he should be named Won Ton. His adventures inside and outside of his new house allow one to understand this adoption experience from the clever cat’s point of view.
Classroom Rationale: This book can be used to introduce or as an example of Haiku poetry. This book can also be used to describe how events are told from a different character’s perspective and how the cat may be feeling during each of these poems.
Common Core: Read and comprehend poetry at the 2-3 grade level independently (RL 3.10). Differentiate one’s own point of view from that of the character (RL 3.6).