Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku


Wardlaw, Lee, and Eugene Yelchin. Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku. New York: Henry Holt, 2011.

Genre: poetry

Reading Level: AD840L

Summary: This is a wonderful book told completely in haikus. It is told from the perspective of a cat, and it begins at a pet shelter. The cat shares his thoughts and feelings as a little boy arrives to the shelter and adopts him. The cat is frightened initially, but warms up to the little boy, who has named him Won Ton. The book continues and Won Ton shares his new experiences, like riding in a car, chasing after string, eating crickets, and meeting the scratching post. In a clever twist, the cat reveals his real name at the end: Haiku.

Rationale for Classroom Use: Students can practice creating their own haikus from the perspective of an unexpected subject.

Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.4 Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.


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