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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.


"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

Activity Sheets

Reproducible maze, connect the dots, and word search activity with answer key.