Author: Eve Bunting
Illustrator: David Diaz
Awards: Caldecott Medal (1995)
Topics: cat, African-American, diversity, Los Angeles Riots, violence, values, adventure, tolerance, urban settings
Summary: Explore the Los Angeles riots through the eyes of a child and his cat.
- Smoky Night from Wikipedia
- Cat Fanciers
- Cat Fancier's Association
- Cats from Wikipedia
- Catpert: the cat expert
- Cat Pictures from Wikicommons
- Choosing a cat from Citizendium
- Riots from Wikipedia
- List of Notable Riots from Wikipedia
- Los Angeles Riots of 1992 from Wikipedia
- Los Angeles Riots: Mob Mentality At Work
- Watts Riot from Wikipedia
- Collage. Examine the visuals closely. How are they made? How are colors and pieces used to set the mood? Create your own collage.
- Disasters. Compare the experience of the child in Smoky Night to the experience of children who experiences the 9/11 disaster.
- Diversity. What is diversity? Explore books with themes that celebrate diversity such as It's Okay to be Different by Todd Parr. Look for books that reflect different types of diversity such as racial, cultural, age, gender, disabilities, families.
- Fear. Write about a time when you were frightened. Which was more scary, the situation or the unknown?
- Perspective. Rewrite the story from different perspectives such as the neighhor, mother, or cat. How does the perspective change the story?
- Riots. How does Daniel's mother explain the riot. Is this effects? Why or why not? What's a riot and what causes riots? Who is hurt in a riot? Compare historic riots. How are they alike and different?
- Smoky Night from UCM
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- Smoky Nights from SIUE
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- Smoky Night from Salisbury
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- Smoky Night from NSU
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