What You Need to Know:|
• Talking cats become rivals in a small bookstore.
• A very early introduction to bullying and its effects.
• Use this book to remind readers to have confidence in themselves.
Raj is a cat with an identity crisis. He thinks he’s a tiger. His owner, Felicity, and all of the children at her bookstore say he’s a tiger, and Raj believes it too. His days as the “bookstore tiger” are happy ones until a new, bossy cat, Snowball, starts spending time at the store too. Snowball mocks Raj, disputing his “tiger” label, and makes fun of his appearance. At first, Raj’s spirit is crushed, and he literally hides his head, resigned to accept Snowball’s word that he isn’t really a tiger. Then, with a little encouragement from Felicity, he discovers a way to stand up for himself, and even turn Snowball into a friend.
Most kids will face some sort of bullying in their lifetime and books likes this one help give young readers the tools they need to successfully manage those types of situations. Read this book aloud and share with young readers an important lesson on how to believe in their own ideas rather than in another person’s words. The sweet, colorful illustrations will also help readers follow along with the story on their own.
Kathleen T. Pelley
2011, 32 pages
Bullying, Friendship, Identity, Talking Animals
• Why does Snowball treat Raj the way he does? Is he trying to be hurtful to Raj?
• Why does Raj listen to Snowball and, initially, believe what he says?
• Does it matter if Raj is really a tiger or not? Why or why not?
• Is Snowball a bully? If yes, what does he do that qualifies as bullying?
• How does Raj stand up to Snowball?
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