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Skippyjon Jones (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Judy Schachner

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Title:Skippyjon Jones
Authors:Judy Schachner
Info:Dutton Juvenile (2003), Hardcover, 32 pages
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Summary:
A small Siamese cat pretends to be any other animal but that. His mother tries to explain to him, but his imagination tends to always get away from him. He pretends to be a savior of a group of Chihuahua's from a big, scary bumblebee, which turns out to be a piñata. His mother and sisters love him very much and realize his wild imagination is just who Skippy is.

Personal Reaction:
I liked the fact that he had such a fun and elaborate imagination. It would help students relate. I did not care for what seemed to be racial slurs for the Hispanic culture.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1) Have each student dress up like someone they look up to
2) Have each student draw a self portrait and tell the class what they like about themselves and what they would not change. ( )
  SarahMoore | Mar 25, 2015 |
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The book is about a cat you enjoys going on adventures. He gets in trouble with his mother because he was playing with the birds which cats are not supposed to do. He gets sent into his room to think about what he was doing. He then starts jumping on the bed and when he sees himself as Chihuahua because of his large ears. He starts imagining himself with other Chihuahuas and Skippyjon needs to save them and get their beans back from the evil bee.

Personal reaction-
I enjoyed the book. It was a tough book to read because of the Spanish names but overall it was a creative and the author used great words to describe his adventure.

Classroom Extension
1. The students could learn basic Spanish words.
2. The students could learn about the heritage of Chihuahuas.
  Kim_Riedmann12 | Mar 25, 2015 |
I liked this book because it was creative and funny. I thought it was hilarious how the author made it from a kitten's perspective that felt like he looked like a Chihuahua and imagined what it would be like to be a Mexican sword-fighting dog. The book was creative because the cat was pretending to be another animal just for fun and I had never read a children's book from that perspective. The one aspect of the book I did not like was how the author depicted Mexicans. I know the characters were just dogs but the book kept saying how all the dogs cared about were eating beans. It also did not validate Spanish as a language because the words just added "ito" on the end of them like "Skippito". The main idea of this story was that creativity and being different is a good thing. ( )
  jcuttitta | Mar 23, 2015 |
I had to practice reading this book aloud before I read it to the class. The conversation and organization of pages are very erratic and there is action not only in the illustrations, but the print as well. You also need to have some basic knowledge of Spanish to pronounce some of the words. I have had several teachers check out this book for activities in the classroom for art, writing prompts, and teaching students how to properly write quotes. ( )
  Maggie.Goff | Feb 26, 2015 |
Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner is the first in a twenty book picture book series about a Siamese kitten who looks like a Chihuahua and thinks he's one too. His mother cat, though, isn't convinced.

Skippyjon Jones lives in a perpetual fantasy world where he is convinced he's a small yapping dog who speaks Spanish. Except he's a small, delusional kitten, who according to Jane H. Hill, speaks Mock Spanish.

As a series, the Skippyjon Jones books have even inspired a masters thesis on its repeated use of Mock Spanish (Analyzing the use and function of Mock Spanish in the picture book collection Skippyjon Jones by Alicia Juncos Zori).

So far I've read exactly two of the books, the first and the last (Cirque de Olé). I found the Mock Spanish more prevalent in the latest book as the focus was on Skippyjon Jones joining a flea circus. And of course, the fleas spoke the pseudo Spanish of Speedy Gonzalez of the 1950s Warner Bros. cartoons (the most recent iteration actually speaks both fluent Spanish and English).

I think Skippyjon Jones in the first book was supposed to be more about a child's (or in this case, kitten's) over active imagination and the silliness of a cat trying to be a dog. What it seems to have become over the course of the series is a tale of a misappropriation of culture.

For this first book, though, I'm still giving it a high rating because by itself it's about play and imagination, and not the "humorous" sounds of Mock Spanish. ( )
  pussreboots | Jan 23, 2015 |
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Para mi familia a la A Better Chance House en Swarthmore: Shayna Israel, Asia Hoe, Patricia Ottley y Julianna Lucre
Especialmente unas gracies a las muchachas hispanas - Marlene Rijo, Erica Pena y Kathleen Regalado - por las lecciones de espanol para El Skippito
Con mucho carino, Mamalita
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Every morning, Skippyjon Jones woke up with the birds.
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My ears are too beeg for my head. My head ees too beeg for my body. I am not a Siamese cat...I AM A CHIHUAHUA!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142404039, Paperback)

My name is Skippito Friskito.
I fear not a single bandito.
My manners are mellow,
I'm sweet like the Jell-O,
I get the job done, yes indeed-o.
Skippyjon Jones is no ordinary kitten. Oh, no. . . .He's actually El Skippito, a great sword-fighter ready to battle banditos the world over! With a little imagination and a whole lot of fun, this frisky cat dons a mask and cape and takes on a bad bumble-beeto to save the day. And along the way, he'll be sure to steal young reader's hearts, yes indeed-o!

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:33:27 -0400)

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Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat with an overactive imagination who would rather be El Skippito, his Zorro-like alter ego.

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