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Skippy Jon Jones

Reviewing: Judith Schachner Skippy Jon Jones  |  Rating:
Rae Hall By Rae Hall on
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SkippyJon Jones is written and illustrated by Judith Schachner.

This is the story of a Siamese kitten who would rather be anything but a kitten. SkippyJon Jones loves hanging out with birds and doing the things they do much to the dismay of his mother. She informs him that he needs to go to his room and think about what it means to be a kitten. However, SkippyJon Jones has a very active imagination that leads him on a journey where he is a chihuahua and uses Spanish expressions.

Children will love the beautiful illustrations of Schachner. They will love the rhymimg pattern of this book. Schachner has several books in the SkippyJon Jones series. These books are aimed at kindergarten to third grade but I have seen fifth-graders who enjoyed these books.

There it is only one problem with this book, and some people disagree and some agree, I would like to see the author steer away from using other cultures in her books unless she intends to portray these cultures correctly. It's not anything really negative but the author, while Skippy is having his adventure as El Skippito Friskito, tends to add the letter O to the end of all words as if this is the way people speak or the way the Spanish language is spoken. It seems the author might believe that makes this a good book on diversity. I know there is a bit of a debate going on about whether this book is culturally sensitive enough. The School Library Journal endorses this book.