Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

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Nice place they got here.

Bed. Bowl. Blankie. Just like home!

Or so I've been told.

Visiting hours!

Yawn. I pretend not to care.

Yet — I sneak a peek.

So begins this beguiling tale of a wary shelter cat and the boy who takes him home.

Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, this adoption story, told entirely in haiku, is unforgettable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805089950
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 02/15/2011
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 1,206,416
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Lee Wardlaw has published more than two dozen award-winning books for young readers, including 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents and 101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher. She lives in Santa Barbara, CA, with her family.

Eugene Yelchin has illustrated Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont and The Cobbler's Holiday or Why Ants Don't Wear Shoes by Musharraf Ali Farooqi. With his wife, Mary Kuryla, he cowrote Heart of a Snowman and Ghost Files: The Haunting Truth which he also illustrated. He lives in Topanga, California.

Reading Group Guide

Discussion Questions

1. What does the shelter have? What does it NOT have? What does our cat hero mean when he says, "or so I've been told."

2. How are the cats alone but together in the shelter? Describe what feelings you think Won Ton has.

3. What's special about visiting hours?

4. Explain why the cat thinks there is "no contest" with dogs. Do you agree? Make a pros and cons list for each pet.

5. Do all the children during visiting hours treat the cats kindly? How do you know?

6. How hard is it to name a pet? How do you decide? What name does the boy choose? Do you think it's a good name or not?

7. How does Won Ton feel about the new place? What details prove this? Have you ever been nervous or afraid to try something new? Why?

8. What does it mean to "snub" something? What foods do you snub?

9. What habits does Won Ton have that you like or dislike? Would you like him to live with you? Why or why not?

10. Where is Won Ton's favorite place to sleep? Where is yours?

11. What happens when the boy's sister plays with Won Ton? Do cats usually like little children or not? Why?

12. What does your "nose know?" What are good snacks for cats? Which ones are disappointing? What's your favorite snack?

13. Describe the types of things that the boy and Won Ton like to do together. How do cats get the attention of their owners? How do you get the attention of your parents?

14. What is the best part of owning a pet? What can be difficult?

15. In the end, what does Won Ton tell the boy that's important?

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