Hardcover, 48 pages
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers
Lost and Found Cat can be categorized as a memoir of sorts about the journey a lost cat takes to return to its owners. Now there are many stories of lost animals finding their way back to their families; however, what makes Kunkush’s story so very amazing is the distance the cat travels from Mosul through Turkey and Greece to Berlin and finally to Oslo, Norway where its owners have settled.
Lost and Found Cat presents an invaluable opportunity for teachers, librarians, and parents to introduce their young children to the very present and very contemporary issue of refugees in a completely accessible manner. What’s more, the fact that the book is concerned about a pet makes the story very relatable and child-friendly.
The art by Sue Cornelison is beautiful and I enjoyed the sensitive depictions of Kunkush’s family and their escape from Mosul where their lives are at risk. I appreciated the inclusion of photographs of Kunkush and its family included at the end as well as the notes about from the authors of this book.
The book beautifully illustrates the humanity in people; the ability to have empathy and compassion with people we don’t know and probably will never meet. All the hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people who spent time, energy, and even money to ensuring Kunkush finds its way home did so without any expectation of return or profit. This is rare enough in this world that the few times it happens, we sit up, take note, and applaud them.
Also, I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to see a hijabi on the cover of this book. It was like a confirmation of my own existence, as weird as that may be sound.