- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1 edition (February 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805089950
- ISBN-13: 978-0805089950
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.3 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku Hardcover – February 15, 2011
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Nice place they got here.
Bed. Bowl. Blankie. Just like home!
Or so I've been told.
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.
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From School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Text and illustrations work together to craft an unforgettable character in a shelter cat whose veneer of cynical toughness masks his vulnerability. As he gazes from behind the bars of his cage, he quips: "Nice place they got here./Bed. Bowl. Blankie. Just like home!/Or so I've been told." He's adopted by a boy and his family, driven home ("letmeoutletme/outletmeoutletmeout./Wait-let me back in!"); and given a name: "Won Ton? How can I/be soup? Some day, I'll tell you/my real name. Maybe." Yelchin's superb illustrations, graphite and gouache on watercolor paper, depict an angular blue-black-haired Siamese, capturing all facets of his singular, feisty, and playful personality. Wardlaw relates his tale using a series of senryu, three unrhymed lines similar to haiku; in a note, he explains that the form focuses on "the foibles of human nature-or in this case, cat nature." The book's overall design, with text laid carefully between and around eye-catching, brilliantly composed illustrations, complements the engaging tale. Won Ton's sweetly humorous story will steal the hearts of readers young and old.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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This story begins in a cat shelter where a little boy picks out a homeless cat to take home. As mentioned before, this story is told in the haiku poetic form and it is the cat who is narrating the story. Even though they name the cat “Won Ton” we find out at the end the real name of this smart cat, which I will not reveal at this time and spoil the story for the reader.
Even though this book is aimed at young children; nevertheless, I suspect all cat lovers will also enjoy reading this wonderful book. The illustrations are in full color making this book a pure delight to read.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy haiku)
The book tells the story of a shelter cat, Wonton, and his settling in to his forever home. Each stage in Wonton's story is explored in a haiku (senryu) and paired with an illustration. Through Wonton's perspective, we get to see his confusion, fear, frustration, and, ultimately, pleasure.
Cat, told by supreme cat, wows
Readers through haiku
The cat, an independent, saucy creature, is adopted from an animal shelter. It pretends it doesn't care, but it really does want a home. The entire story is told through the eyes of and in the words of the cat, which the boy who adopts it names Won Ton. The cat's feelings and attitudes are touching and hilarious by turns: the car ride home is particularly funny. Children and adults will identify with Won Ton. The illustrations, by Eugene Yelchin, capture the imperial (yet vulnerable) attitudes of Won Ton beautifully. Highly Recommended!
I am very impressed with what the author was able to do in this format and how he was able to give emotion to the cat's story without being limited by the 5-7-5 syllable pattern. Bravo!
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if hours were treated as one
syllable. Not two.
Though this did lead to quite the discussion between me and my seven year old, so maybe...Read more