Lost and Found Cat [hc]
The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey
Written by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes & illustrated by Sue Cornelison
When an Iraqi family is forced to flee their home, they can’t bear to leave their beloved cat, Kunkush, behind. So they carry him with them from Iraq to Greece, keeping their secret passenger hidden away.
But during the crowded boat crossing to Greece, his carrier breaks and the frightened cat runs from the chaos, disappearing. After an unsuccessful search, his family has to continue their journey, leaving brokenhearted.
A few days later, aid workers in Greece find the lost cat. Knowing how much his family has sacrificed already, they are desperate to reunite them. A worldwide community comes together to spread the word on the Internet and in the news media, and after several months the impossible happens- Kunkush’s family is found, and they finally get their happy ending in their new home.
This remarkable true story is told by the real people involved, with the full cooperation of Kunkush’s family. 48 pages
"An uplifting tale of love, compassion, and new beginnings... An author's note, a world map of Kunkush's journey, and photographs of Kunkush being reunited with his family are included." -School Library Journal
January 31, 2017
AR Level=4.6; Lexile Level=810
2019 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award Nominee
2018 CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Readers
2018 Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices
2017 Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Book