Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes and illustrated by Sue Cornelison

Hardcover, 48 pages
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher

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.

Totally recommended.

Dining with Dinosaurs: A Tasty Guide to Mesozoic Munching by Hannah Bonner

Dining with Dinosaurs: A Tasty Guide to Mesozoic Munching by Hannah Bonner

Hardcover, 48 pages Published September 20th 2016 by National Geographic Kids Books Source: Publisher I have a cousin who loves dinosaurs with the passion of a hundred phoenixes and when I gave this book to her, she looked like I had handed her the world. Which, I mean, okay. Reading this book didn’t make me […]

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

Hardcover, 128 pages Published July 26th 2016 by Ten Speed Press Source: Publisher With the holiday season coming up, chances are a lot of you will be scrambling to get gifts for the girls in your lives. I have talked about some other titles that collect inspiring women in one volume but Rachel Ignotofsky’s Women […]

Yash Recommends: The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

Yash Recommends: The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

Paperback, 336 pages Published August 13th 2013 by Anchor Canada Source: Library “You know what they say. If at first you don’t succeed, try the same thing again. Sometimes the effort is called persistence and is the mark of a strong will. Sometimes it’s called perseveration and is a sign of immaturity. For an individual, […]

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrations)

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrations)

Hardcover, 112 pages Published September 27th 2016 by Ten Speed Press Source: Publisher  A few weeks ago, I reviewed Wonder Women by Sam Maggs and it got me wondering about other similar titles. Some research later, I discovered Rad Women Worldwide.  Considering the distasteful rhetoric currently spouted by some very influential people, it is more important than ever that […]

The Diary of Ma  Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl by Ma Yan, Pierre Haski, Lisa Appignanesi  (Translator)

The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl by Ma Yan, Pierre Haski, Lisa Appignanesi (Translator)

Hardcover, 176 pages Published May 31st 2005 by HarperCollins Source: Library It is not every day that a book makes me cry. Just…every other day. Just kidding. I actually have a cold heart so being emotional while reading is not a normal occurrence for me. However, The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes […]

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs, Sophia Foster-Dimino (Illustrator)

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs, Sophia Foster-Dimino (Illustrator)

Hardcover, 240 pages Published October 4th 2016 by Quirk Books Source: Publisher Ever heard of Allied spy Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim woman whom the Nazis considered “highly dangerous”? Or German painter and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian, who planned and embarked on the world’s first scientific expedition? How about Huang Daopo, the inventor who fled an […]

Looking Back: A Book of Memories by Lois Lowry

Looking Back: A Book of Memories by Lois Lowry

Hardcover, 272 pages Published September 6th 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers Source: Raincoast Books Lois Lowry is the writer of many many books  (Goodreads lists her backlist count as 88) and is known particularly for The Giver series. (We have written about it often enough.) This volume was first published in 1998 but has since […]