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CAT ON THE BUS
ISBN (Hardcover) 9780823436477 ISBN (Paperback) 9780823440375 Holiday House | Age: 3-6 | Guided Reading Level: T Themes: Animals/Fiction, Asian American Interest, Family & Relationships, Intergenerational, Preschool
Follow a stray cat as she braves the snowy city streets to find a home in this nearly-wordless picture book. A calico cat with curious eyes cautiously approaches a grocery store. . . . only to be shooed away by the owner with a broom. She keeps wandering, and tries to climb on a city bus-- but the driver tells her to SCRAM! Disheartened, the cat huddles down as snow begins to fall-- until another bus pulls up, and the driver welcomes her aboard. And when an old man sits down beside her, the cat makes a friend for life— and finally finds the home she’s been searching for. A purr-fect pick for cat lovers, this heartwarming picture book features a simple text, heavy with onomatopoeia, and striking, bold illustrations that carry the story, depicting the charming cat’s range of emotions. See how a simple act of kindness can change lives forever. Young readers will empathize with the strong emotional content—hunger, loneliness, and rejection, giving way to contentment and joy—and delight in the expressive illustrations.
* Children’s Choice Reading List 2017 by ILA/CBC
★★★ REVIEWS ARE IN ★★★ "First-time author-illustrator Kim combines pastels and colored pencils digitally to create clean, spare illustrations. . . . The simple story comes to a very happy ending, with the clever closing endpapers showing human footprints alongside the paw prints."—Horn Book Magazine
"This sweet, nearly wordless tale is likely to find an appreciative audience among cat lovers and children just beginning to sound words out on their own."—Kirkus Reviews
"Kim makes a solid debut with this story of an endearingly dogged feline . . . the pictures do the heavy lifting, and Kim— who works in generously scaled, clearly delineated shapes— creates a sense of momentum through imaginative framing"—Publishers Weekly
Yoomi hates stinky, spicy kimchi - the pickled cabbage condiment served at Korean meals. So her brothers call her a baby and refuse to play with her.
Yoomi is determined to eat kimchi. She tries to disguise it by eating it on a cookie, on pizza, and in ice cream. But that doesn’t work. Then Grandma shows Yoomi how to make kimchi pancakes. This story about family, food, and intergenerational connection has universal themes, and at the same time celebrates Korean culture.
A kimchi pancake recipe and other back matter are included.
★ The Junior Library Guild Selection “This fun and engaging story about food, family, and tradition is broadly appealing.” - School Library Journal (starred review)
★ Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Book of the Year (2018)
★ A Baker’s Dozen (2018): The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy by The Pennsylvania Center for the Book
Yoomi loves taekwondo and really wants a yellow belt, but she’s afraid to break a board. She even has nightmares about it. Meanwhile, Grandma is facing challenges of her own. But with mutual support, persistence, and some deep breathing, both Yoomi and Grandma are able to conquer their fears and achieve their goals.
Taekwondo is the most popular form of martial art for kids, which should give Aram Kim’s new picture book a boost along with its social-emotional components.
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