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Kitten wants to a break a board, and she wants to do it now. But Tae Kwon Do is not easy. Kitten must focus. She must practice. And above all, she must be patient. Will Kitten's determination and dedication pay off when it's finally time to break a board? Author Lisl Detlefsen delivers a turbo-charged story filled with action, fun, and encouragement. Korean phrases are intermixed throughout Catkwondo, and the Tae Kwon Do Oath and a Tae Kwon Do glossary complete this energetic picture book.

Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
Lexile LevelAD450L
ATOS Level2.2
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #509345
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Page Dimensions8" x 10"
Page Count32
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The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books - KP

"Kitten is eager to begin her taekwondo classes and learn how to break wooden boards, but Master Cat instructs her that taekwondo requires patience, dedication, and lots of practice. Kitten’s journey from white to orange belt requires learning these skills as much as learning how to kick and punch, but with Master Cat and her fellow students cheering her on, she succeeds in breaking her first board and earning her belt. . . . This sweet story may inspire interest in martial arts while encouraging persistence in all new activities." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

October 1, 2020

Kirkus Reviews

"A kitten claws her way to success in catkwondo. . . . Korean and taekwondo terms are seamlessly incorporated in the narrative, which is followed by a glossary. The terse sentences are often punctuated with bright onomatopoeia in display type, accompanied by action-packed images. . . . In addition to the comic portrayal of cats, the plot lays bare the tenacity and hard work required to achieve a goal. A lighthearted introduction to the Korean martial art—this lively kitty entertains." - Kirkus Reviews

May 15, 2020

Lisl H. Detlefsen

Lisl H. Detlefsen

Lisl H. Detlefsen is the author of a growing number of picture books. Her first, Time for Cranberries (Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, illustrated by Jed Henry) was a Junior Library Guild selection, a 2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (K–2), and the 2017 Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Book of the Year. If You Had a Jetpack (Penguin Random House/Knopf, illustrated by Linzie Hunter) was featured on the Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List. Lisl lives on a family-owned cranberry marsh near Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, with her husband and two sons.

This author is available for in-person, virtual visits via Zoom, and conferences and workshops.

Programs can be tailored to meet your school or library's specific needs and size, from large presentations to programs for individual grades or classrooms. All programs include a reading, presentation with photos that describe Lisl's life as an author living on a cranberry farm, and time for Q&A. Specific program options include topics about cranberries, which includes fun facts about cranberries, photos of harvest and equipment, a demonstration of tools such as hip boots and hand rakes and an optional workshop on writing stories based on your life for grades 3-8; parts of speech, with a focus on adverbs and adjectives; why books about agriculture matter. For the title CATKWONDO, available topics include a SEL-geared program about perseverance.

A one-class or grade virtual visit via Zoom lasting up to an hour is $175.In-person rates begin at $500 for a half day (up to 2 programs of 30-75 minutes each, depending on grade level and topic) or $900 for a full day (up to 4 programs of 30-75 minutes each, depending on grade level and topic). Additional fees for travel and lodging may be required and vary by location. Evening programs available. For more details or to schedule a visit

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