Author: Miriam Norton
Illustrator: Garth Williams
Age: Early Elementary
Description: An abandoned kitten is adopted by a mouse family. The kitten grows up believing he is a mouse until the children of the house get involved.
- Theory of Mind – both cognitive and emotional
- Narrative development
- “s” sounds
- Body language and emotional inferencing
- While reading this book aloud, talk with the kids about what the kitten “thinks” and what the other animals “know.” Once you reach the part of the story where the kitten is held up to the mirror, discuss how seeing himself changed what the kitten thought.
- For kids who don’t yet understand that the kitten “thinks” he is a mouse, try acting out the story and focus upon all of the actions that the kitten does that are “mouse” actions and how those would be different from “cat” actions.
- For kids who may understand the cognitive Theory of Mind (i.e., thinking vs knowing), this story is also great for discussion emotional Theory of Mind (i.e., how the kitten feels during the different parts of the story).
- For an even higher level challenge, this story can lead to a discussion of deception and the motives for that deception as well as how all of the characters feel as a result.
- On a lighter note, for kids who simply need some articulation practice, this book is filled to the brim with “s” words.
- This story is also wonderful for use with the Story Grammar Marker from Mindwings for story retell and narrative development.
Submitted by: Karen S Head, MS, CCC-SLP
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