Here is a cheerful picture book with sweet rhymes that celebrates diversity and promotes friendship, sure to resonate with families – particularly non-traditional ones and with the fans of Michael Jackson’s “Black or White”.
When a cheetah cub and a puppy dog bump into each other while chasing the same prey, it is only natural for them to play together until sundown; and the next day; and the following one. The two animals care for each other so much that they even rescue their respective packs, thus becoming an African tale.
Inspired by the true story of Kasi, the orphaned male cheetah, and Mtani, the female Labrador, which struck a remarkable friendship and remained life-long friends, “The Cheetah and the Dog” is a glorious celebration of curiosity, respect for life, and unconventional wisdom, a heart-warming, fun read that belongs on any family’s bedtime shelf.
Similar books: “The Lion and the Dog”, “The Elephant and the Sheep”.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
The Cheetah and the Dog is a beautiful story of friendship brought to together through laughter. The pup and cub met one day when they were chasing the same prey. They didn’t fight or fall out but played together and had fun. As the pup and cub grew so did their friendship.
How I love the wonderful descriptions that Patricia Furstenberg uses for the cheetah and the dog, I just have to use an example.
‘Two pointy ears with one long tail
Chased the flopping ones with a wiggly end.’
There is no doubt whatsoever about who is who in the story and it just continues through out the book like this. I couldn’t read any page without a smile at the images I had. Just perfect for interaction with a child to go one step further and describe other creatures this way.
There is a very clear morale in this tale, that no matter how different we all are nothing can stand in the way of friendship. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to speak your mind and stand by that friend against everything you have been told before. There are super scenes in this book that are just so heart warming.
The story is in rhyme with simple and brightly coloured pictures that centre on the two friends. Lovely books to be shared anytime and read later by the child themselves. This is a tale told in Africa based on a true friendship between the two animals. Just lovely.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patricia Furstenberg is the author of Amazon Bestseller Joyful Trouble. She writes children stories about real and imaginary dogs and about animals in general. Patricia believes each creature has a story and a voice, if only we stop to listen.
Patricia came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents. “When I write, I write,” she usually says.
When she’s not writing she likes to read, listen to music, dance and bake.
One of the characters portrayed in her children stories is Pete, the yellow toy elephant. Not many know, but Pete exists and lives in Pat’s home.
This Romanian born writer is living happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa