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Black and White Cat, White and Blak Dog

Black and White Cat, White and Black Dog, by Marlaena Shannon | Dedicated Review

The Children’s Book Review | May 2, 2014

Black and White Cat, White and Blak DogBlack and White Cat, White and Black Dog

By Marlaena Shannon

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.

Add this book to your collection: Black and White Cat, White and Black Dog

For more information on Marlaena Shannon, visit: marlaena.com and facebook.com/marlaenashannon

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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