Friday, June 28, 2013
Cheetah Can't Lose
Author & Illustrator: Bob Shea
Publisher: balzer + bray
Publication Year: 2013
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee
Awards: Kirkus starred review
Summary: Cheetah is an obnoxious bragger. The two little cats set up a competition made of many events. When Cheetah wins, he gets wooden blocks for shoes, eats too much pie & ice cream, and gets wrapped up in string. There are several other preliminary events where Cheetah gets a handful of balloons and a crown that's too big for him. By the time the BIG RACE comes along, Cheetah can't possibly win. But in a twist that shows true friendship, the little cats give Cheetah their first place medals and feel glad to have Cheetah as a friend.
Classroom Ideas: This story is another view on friendship and could easily compared to My Friend Rabbit. The little cats love Cheetah despite his flaws.