Kunkush : the true story of a refugee cat / by Marne Ventura ; illustrated by Beidi Guo ; content consultant, Yasmin Saikia, PhD, Professor of History, Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies, Arizonia State University.

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      Summary: Uses Common Core narrative nonfiction approach to tell the true story of a cat that becomes separated from his family when they flee Iraq for refuge in Europe. Their reunion will bring tears to the coldest heart.
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      Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Booklist Reviews 2017 October #2

Books in the Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Stories series tell true stories with historical settings. Introducing two wartime refugee families, these new entries offer stories of hardships, fears, and separation, and each ends well. Kunkush begins in 2015 with a widow, her five children, and Kunkush, their cat, and other Iraqi families traveling by a rubber boat to a Greek island. There Kunkush runs off and cannot be found before the family must leave for a refugee camp. The story follows the cat's journey to Germany, his family's settling in Norway, and their happy reunion. Although an indication of sources would have bolstered the text's authenticity as nonfiction, the artwork is distinctive, and the appealing story provides an engaging introduction to the refugee experience. This handsome series both dramatizes and personalizes history through the experiences of individuals. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall

During a dangerous journey out of Iraq, a refugee family loses their beloved cat. Through the actions of several volunteers and a social media campaign, the family is finally reunited with Kunkush in Norway. A heartwarming true story of hope amidst heartbreak, with digital illustrations that skillfully manipulate light and color palettes to convey emotion. Reading list. Glos., ind. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.