The Cheetah and the Dog

Children - Grade K-3rd
48 Pages
Reviewed on 10/26/2017
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Cheetah and the Dog by Patricia Furstenberg, like her other animal story books, is inspired by the real life story of Kasi the cheetah and Mtani the Labrador dog and their friendship. The story gives insight on the importance of friendship. Kasi and Mtani meet by accident one hot day on Africa’s wild plains. Though they both looked different, they liked to chase each other and hide in the dust. One day while playing, they see a rabbit and they decide to run after the rabbit. Later they realize hunting can become boring and it is best to play and explore.

The author discusses the topic of friendship through this story, and tells readers how friendship can be fun and it is not about color, race, caste, and creed. The concept of the book extends to young and old alike. Friendship has no boundaries and the author encourages readers to be like Kasi and Mtani, just smile and care. The rhyming verses give the story a good pace and movement and introduce young children to rhyming words and how these can be used while writing poems. The illustrations are wonderful and make the story vivid and the concept clear. The story is refreshing and delightful and Kasi and Mtani will win the hearts of all young readers with their remarkable friendship that transcends all boundaries. It is a good book for bedtime storytelling and is good for read aloud sessions in classrooms as it handles a relevant topic which is important to everyone.