horace

Summary:
Horace is a leopard who was adopted by tigers when he was a baby. He wants to be with cats that looks just like him, and he sets off to discover just such a family.
Educational Themes:
This book is about being loved and adopted, and will be most helpful to children who feel different or awkward about not resembling their adoptive family.
Reading Level:
3.2
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 8
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 7
Age of child:
Read with child 2 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow it. We didn't have success this time, but believe the story has great potential and we'll borrow it again.
Little Kid Reaction
We've tried this story about half a dozen times, and get no interest. Usually we're told "No Horace."
Big Kid Reaction
The story simply illustrates the idea that love and family go far beyond looks. I was surprised at the statement to Horace that he "lost" his family when he was little.
Pros:

The cute animal illustrations and the story's presentation allow the toddler to understand the idea of adoption without trying to say "is that me?"

Cons:

Prepare a response to the question "how did Horace lose his family?" BEFORE you read the book. It's not a question you want to answer on the fly.


Title Horace
About
Author Holly Keller
Publisher Greenwillow Books, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 1991
Illustrators Holly Keller
ISBN 0688098312
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Family - Adoption, Family, Picture Book
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