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.

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