Judy Schachner


Skippyjon Jones is a children's literature book about a Siamese kittenboy who loves to pretend and refuses to believe that he is just an ordinary cat. In this bilingual tale, Skippyjon Jones finds himself in the most peculiar places with Chihuahuas, frijoles, and trouble. Can you guess where Skippyjon Jones might have gone? Let's find out!

Common Core Standards with Objectives

K.RL.3 - With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
Objective: Students will retell the story of Skippyjon Jones by providing main characters, at least one setting in the book, and a few main points of the plot of the story.

First Grade:
1.RL.7 - Use illustrations and details in the story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
Objective: Students will create a drawing of one major event of the plot of Skippyjon Jones with a few sentences to describe what is happening in the drawing.

Second Grade:
2.RL.4 - Describe how words and phrases (e.g. regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, song.
Objective: Students will explain which phrases, rhythms, and rhymes help provide meaning to the story of Skippyjon Jones through writing or drawing.

Criteria for Notable Multicultural Books

1. Honor and celebrate diversity as well as common bonds in humanity: Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese Cat who makes friends with Chihuahuas in the book, representing two different cultures.

2. Include characters with a cultural group or two or more cultural groups who interact substantially and authentically: In the beginning of the book, the reader meets Skippyjon Jones hanging out with birds in a birds nest. He is always imagining that he is something or someone else (a bird, a Chihuahua, etc).

3. Include a member of a "minority" group for a purpose other than filling a "quota": Skippyjon Jones is the main character in the book who interacts with many different animals and is able to speak their language as he interacts with these different animals.

About the Author: Judy Schachner

How does Skippyjon Jones connect to my students?

  • This story teaches students that they do not have to limit themselves to the things and places that are around them. They can pretend, read about, research about anything that interests them.
  • Many students love to pretend and play that they are someone else in a different place.
  • Skippyjon Jones loves to play and pretend with anyone, regardless of language barriers or if they are a different animal than he is. This is an important life lesson to teach your students to like someone for their personality rather than how they look.
  • Just like Skippyjon Jones, many students refuse to believe that they are just ordinary. With hard work and dedication, they can become whatever they want to be.
  • The teacher will explain and point out what I really want students to take away from this book by having a group discussion on the parts of the book the teacher deems as very important.
  • In the classroom, it's very important for all students to understand that we are all different but the want to be accepted, loved and cared about is a universal trait that all students share. There should be zero tolerance for any kind of behavior that will ruin the desired class environment that everyone will feels accepted and important.
Skippyjon Jones webisode