Children's Choice Award
School Library Media Association
Skippyjon Jones, a little kitten with a
big imagination, is sent to his room to contemplate what it means to be
a cat, but instead embarks on an imaginary adventure in which his
Zorro-like alter ego, El Skippito rescues a group of Chihuahuas from a
- Discussion questions: Have you ever pretended to be a hero? Why would
someone pretend to be something else?
- Language arts: Learn Spanish words for colors, numbers,
animals,etc.Listen to the story of Zorro.
- Writing: Write a story about what hero you would be and what you
- Math: Make math problems with the contents of a pinata.
- Science: Research Siamese cats or Chihuahuas.
- Social Studies: Find Mexico on the map. Research Mexican culture.
- Drama: Act out one of the stories from the book or make up a new Skippyjon Jones
- Cooking/Food: What foods would you have at a fiesta? Sample some
- Art: Make your own hero mask or pinata.
- Music: Enjoy fiesta music, Spanish songs. Play the Siamese cat
song on the website below, learn the song.
- Movement: Make your own cat movements. Dance to
- Other books by Judy Schachner:
Skippyjon Jones in the
Dog House, Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble,
Skippyjon in the Big Bones, The Grannyman, How the Cat
- Manana Iguana & Fiesta Fiasco by Ann Whitford Paul
- Hot-air Henry and others by Mary
- Bow Wow Meow Meow: It's Raining
Cats and Dogs by Douglas Florian
2009 Nominee Resources