Title: Won Ton and Chopstick – A Cat and Dog tale Told in Haiku
Written by: Lee Wardlaw
Illustrated by: Eugene Yelchin
Published by: Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2015
Themes/Topics: cats, dogs, haiku, pets, friends
Suitable for ages: 7-11
Hardcover, 40 pages
It’s a fine life, Boy.
Nap, play, bathe, nap eat, repeat.
Practice makes purrfect.
Won Ton has a happy life with his Boy, until… Ears perk. Fur prickles. Belly low, I creep…peek…FREEZE! My eyes full of Doom. A new puppy arrives, and nothing will be the same.Told entirely in haiku and with plenty of catitude, the story of how Won Ton faces down the enemy is a fresh and funny twist on a familiar rivalry. (Goodreads summary)
Why I like This Book:
It is fun to see Won Ton in the second in this series, so well-established with her boy-owner, well until the household decides to increase by one puppy. The text and illustrations are full of fun and make this a very fluent read, and one I immediately wanted to reread to appreciate the poetic form further. The puppy and cat characterization are spot on and the haiku strong!
It is a good addition to the many wonderful picture books about unexpected friendships and very authentic about how a cat warms up slowly to the presence of a new dog, especially a shelf cat such as Won-Ton, who knows what its like to be caged and then the only pet of an adoring child!
I especially love how goofy Yelchin has made the puppy illustrations.
Great mentor text for the haiku poetic form (can be coupled with the prequel, Won Ton) and has a ton of great vocabulary.
I would match this with GUYKU which I reviewed here, in any unit teaching haiku. Haiku is hard to do well but simple in form and therefor a form I like to start to teach with 2nd graders.
Kidspot has a simple starter page for teaching haiku to young children.
Lee Wardlaw has a great teacher’s guide on her website for Won Ton and Chop Stick, written by Marcie Colleen.
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