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.
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?"
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.
We've tried this story about half a dozen times, and get no interest. Usually we're told "No Horace."
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.
In the end, Horace learns that being loved has nothing to do with looking like anyone else.
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.
6 to 8
4 to 7
Read with child 2 years old.
Borrow it. We didn't have success this time, but believe the story has great potential and we'll borrow it again.