Black and White Cat, White and Black Dog, by Marlaena Shannon | Dedicated Review
Paperback: 36 pages
Age Range: 3-6
Publisher: Muse Direct(2013)
What to expect: Cats, Dogs, Friendship, Acceptance
Black and White Cat, White and Black Dog, by Marlaena Shannon, is the endearing story of an unlikely friendship that grows between two pets who come to accept each other’s differences.
When the black and white cat and the white and black dog first meet, they’re really not sure of each other and are quick to notice their differences and they are very happy to keep distance between themselves. However, when mealtime comes along, the pair connects through the commonalty of eating:
“White and black dog saw white and black cat eating her food. What do you suppose happened next? White and black dog shared her food with black and white cat. What a nice thing to do.”
From this moment on they become friends who always look out for each other. They share toys, treats, bath time, and naps in sunny spots.
Author and illustrator Marlaena Shannon does a nice job wrapping up the story by showcasing that the animals have come to accept their differences and she asks readers to think about how this acceptance came to be. Most importantly, she points out:
“Perhaps it doesn’t matter …. One thing is for certain: How lucky they are to be forever friends.”
Parents will enjoy reading this to young readers, ages 3-6, for its gentle introduction to the concepts of kindness and acceptance.
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