Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey (Hardcover)
One of the great paradoxes of caring for children is simultaneously wanting to educate them to be citizens of the world while also protecting them from the pain that the world contains. By focusing on the story of Kunkush, a beloved cat separated from (and eventually reunited with) his family as they flee from a war-torn region of Iraq, the authors artfully represent aspects of the emotional toll of refugeeism while staying far astray of the terrifying material reality of war and exile. A timely tale of loss and the enduring power of love, Lost and Found Cat is a book that will resonate with children without disturbing them. -Sam— From Spring Booknotes 2017
This heartwarming true story about one lost cat's journey to be reunited with his refugee family gently introduces children to a difficult topic and shows how ordinary people can help with compassion and hope.
When an Iraqi family is forced to flee their home, they can't bear to leave their beloved cat, Kunkush, behind. So they carry him with them from Iraq to Greece, keeping their secret passenger hidden away.
But during the crowded boat crossing to Greece, his carrier breaks and the frightened cat runs from the chaos. In one moment, he is gone. After an unsuccessful search, his family has to continue their journey, leaving brokenhearted.
A few days later, aid workers in Greece find the lost cat. Knowing how much his family has sacrificed already, they are desperate to reunite them with the cat they love so much. A worldwide community comes together to spread the word on the Internet and in the news media, and after several months the impossible happens--Kunkush's family is found, and they finally get their happy ending in their new home.
This remarkable true story is told by the real people involved, with the full cooperation of Kunkush's family.
"This moving true story will inspire discussions with young readers about what it means to be a refugee, the unexpected consequences of being displaced, and the importance of kindness." --Brightly
"Bound to be a hit with cats and kids alike, this picture book tells the harrowing story of a cat who was separated from his family when they fled from Iraq and the amazing way he found his way home again." --People.com
"A meaningful message of love and loss, of empathy and outreach, and ultimately, at its core, of compassion, grace and kindness." --The Sag Harbor Express
About the Author
Amy Shrodes and Doug Kuntz felt compelled to travel to Greece to help with the refugee crisis, each in their own unique way--Amy as a volunteer helping the arriving refugees and raising awareness back at home through a podcast, and Doug as a photojournalist, who spent five months in Greece, Turkey, France, Germany, and finally Norway, bringing the plight of the refugees to people around the globe. When they met Kunkush, they knew he was very special to someone and they wanted to do everything they could to reunite him with his family. Sue Cornelison graduated with a BFA from Drake University and continued her studies at the International School of Studio Arts in Florence, Italy. Sue has worked as a full-time illustrator for over a decade. She wrote and illustrated The Twelve Days of Christmas in Iowa, as well as illustrated Sofia's Dream, Down by the Bay, You're Wearing That to School?!, and the American Girl Bitty Baby series. Sue works in her backyard treetop studio in a renovated 1909 carriage house in rural Iowa.