Bibliographic information: Bunting, E., Diaz, D., Wallerstein, W., MacElwee, K., Diaz, D., & D’moch, L. (1994). Smoky Night. San Diego: Harcourt Brace.
Annotation: This book is about a boy and his mom who watch the riots from their apartment window. Their building gets set on fire and everyone has to go to a shelter for the night. The boy is so worried because he isn’t sure if his cat made it out or not. Mrs. Kim is the lady from the store who they don’t talk to, and their cats don’t usually get along. The firefighters find the cats together and it teaches everyone a lesson that you have to get to know people before judging them. The mother invites Mrs. Kim over and everyone lives happily ever after.
Grade Level: 2-3
Readers who will like this book: People learning about riots, people learning not to judge a book by it’s cover, and people who like cats.
Personal Response and Rating: I give this book a 5/5. I think it has a strong messgae behind it to give people a chance, and get to know them. I also really enjoyed the illustrations in this book.
Text Dependent Question: What lesson did the boy teach everyone?