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.

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.


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.
Type of Book:
In the end, Horace learns that being loved has nothing to do with looking like anyone else.
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.

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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