Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey
by Doug Kuntz, Amy Shrodes, and Sue Cornelison
When Sura and her five children fled Mosul, Iraq, in August 2015, they brought along... read more
When Sura and her five children fled Mosul, Iraq, in August 2015, they brought along their beloved cat, Kunkush, hiding him because they knew others would consider him an extravagance. But the family could not picture life without the long-haired white cat, so they smuggled him along in a basket as they made the dangerous journey by car, on foot, and in a small overloaded boat. Just when they reached safety, the frightened cat—unattended for a few moments—ran away. Months later, the family, now living in Norway, were reunited with Kunkush, thanks to an international effort to return the cat to its owners. A dramatic true story concludes with additional information and photos of the family, their cat, and other people who were involved, underscoring the need for compassion and humanitarian efforts in the current refugee crisis in the Middle East. (Ages 6-9)
© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2018
Year Published 2017
Word Count 1,376
- Text Complexity
- Lexile Level: 810L
- ATOS Reading Level: 4.6
- AR Quiz Numbers
- Subject Headings
- Children's Books/Ages 4-8 Nonfiction
- Cats--Greece--Juvenile literature.
- Pet loss
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Cats
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Topics | Emigration & Immigration
- Iraq--Emigration and immigration--Juvenile literature
- Emigration and immigration
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Family | General (see also headings under Social Topics)
- Pet loss--Greece--Juvenile literature.
- Refugees--Iraq--Juvenile literature.
- Cats--Iraq--Juvenile literature.
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