“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Scotton, Rob. Splat the Cat. New York: HarperCollins, 2008.
Genre: modern fantasy, picturebook
Reading Level: AD390L
Summary: This is the first of many Splat the Cat books, where Splat is about to embark on his first day of school. He is very nervous as he prepares to leave, and he makes excuses and stalls on his way. He even packs his pet mouse, Seymour. He is frightened when he arrives, but soon realizes his classmates are friendly and there is a lot to learn, especially about cats. Seymour gets loose and creates a stir in the class, but saves the day by helping the class get their milk out of the stuck milk container. Splat has a wonderful first day of school and looks forward to his second!
Rationale for Classroom Use: Discuss as class what happens on a typical first day of school and some worries they had on their first day. In their journal they will write the ways they overcame their first-day-of-school jitters.
Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.