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Cat on the Bus
by Aram Kim
Aram Kim, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823436477 | 07-30-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 3 to 6

Themes: Asian American Interest, Preschool, Animals/Fiction, Intergenerational, Family & Relationships
Recommendations: SLJ, K, PW

CCSS Codes:
SL.K.1, 1b, 3, 4, 5, 6
L.K.1, 1d, 5, 5c, 5d, 6
W.K.3, 5, 8
RL.K.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10

About the Book

This nearly wordless book uses onomatopoeia and striking bold illustrations to tell the story of a homeless cat who meets an Asian grandfather on a bus and finally finds a home.

A cat enters a grocery store in search of food, but the proprietor shoos her away. A bus approaches offering shelter, but the large-handed, scary-faced driver shouts SCRAM! When another bus approaches, the cat runs in with a WHOOSH and meets a grandfatherly gentleman who changes the cat's circumstances forever.

Young children will empathize with strong emotional content—hunger, loneliness, rejection; then contentment and joy—revealed through the expressive rendering of the characters. Powerful visual storytelling, perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.


★★★THE REVIEWS ARE IN!★★★

"This beautifully designed visual work is sure to please."—School Library Journal



Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. How do the illustrations help you understand what the story is about? What information did you get from the pictures? RL.K-1.7

2. What kinds of words does the author use? What do the words tell you about what is happening in the story? RL.K-1.4

3. Who is the main character in the story? How do you know? What happens to Cat? Why is Cat on the Bus? RL.K-1.1, 3

4. Discuss the meaning and connotation of the following words: scat, scram, scoot, shoo!, clack, clang, rattle, clatter! Think of another group of words that make the same sounds. Draw a picture. L.K-1.4, 5

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CAT ON THE BUS
Reproducible maze, connect the dots, and word search activity with answer key.