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Love, Splat (Splat the Cat)



Last updated Monday, February 1, 2016

Author: Rob Scotton
Date of Publication: 2011
ISBN: 0062077767
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Feb. 2016

Synopsis: It’s Valentine’s Day and Splat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Her name is Kitten, and Splat likes her even more than fish sticks and ice cream. But Kitten doesn’t seem to like him at all. And then there’s Splat’s rival, Spike, who also likes Kitten. Will Splat’s heartfelt valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end?

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Who or what is Splat?
•  Who do you think Splat loves?
•  Do cats and mice get along?

Vocabulary

•  rumble- to make a low, heavy, continuous sound
•  ruffle- to move or lift something so that it is no longer smooth
•  gaze- to look at someone or something in a steady way and usually for a long time
•  wobble- to move with an unsteady side-to-side motion
•  ignored- to refuse to show that you hear or see something or someone
•  swapped- to trade or exchange
•  clutching- to hold onto someone or something tightly with your hand

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What does Splat feel when he thinks about Kitten?
•  How much does Splat like Kitten?
•  Does Spike really like Kitten?
•  What does Kitten do when she sees Splat? Why?
•  What does Kitten's Valentines card say to Splat?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a heart shaped cat. Example on Pinterest.
•  Make a Valentine's Day card for someone.
•  Cat drawings with accordion-paper tails
•  Check out our February craft ideas on Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/february-2016-crafts/

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!