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”.
Publication date: November 12th 2017
As with Furstenberg’s previous books that I reviewed this book is another example of a great children’s story, which can also be enjoyed by adults. Furstenberg’s books are always a delight to read. This story and her two previous ones, are all inspired by true stories brought to life in a way that children can understand the friendships that developed between animals that would normally not be seen together. This story goes beyond just the cheetah and dog to include their respective packs, illustrating that even though there are massive differences between them these can be overcome through mutual love, friendship, and fighting for something bigger than themselves. Once again a successful piece of writing.
Recommend for: Children