This cat and dog book for kids can teach important aspects of making a friend and being a friend. Friendship doesn't just magically happen; it takes acceptance and patience.
Merl, the cat, learns this important lesson. Kids as well as adults will enjoy this fun read about an unlikely friendship between a cat and a dog.
My name is Merl and I am a cat,
a very special cat.
Inside my house, my PURR-R-R-R-fect house,
everything is MINE!
Merl, the cat, has a purr-r-r-r-fect life. Everything in her home is hers and she doesn't have to share until her people bring home a puppy.
Merl tries to hide from the puppy, and when that doesn't work, she tries to get rid of him. Finally, Merl decides she is the one who will have to leave.
In the long run, Merl decides there are worse things than being friends with a dog. Besides, the dog likes her and wants her, and isn't that how friends make us feel?
The need to be wanted is one of our greatest needs as humans. Merl learns that this is better than having everything as hers alone. Discuss how readers think Merl feels throughout the book and moves from grumpy cat to contented cat.
This cat and dog book for kids also sets the stage for discussing rejection and how it makes us as well as others feel. Reaching out to others and including them not only helps them, but helps us feel better too.
You may have heard the old saying that to have a friend, you first have to be a friend. Discuss whether the cat or the dog acted like a friend first. Did that help them make a friend?
Dogs and cats are so different, but this points out that friends don't always have to look or act just like us. Differences are good to have in friendships.
Pretend play is always fun with books. Call out either "be a cat" or "be a dog" and allow kids to use their imagination in the many ways they can act like each through sounds and actions. Or make it like "Simon Says" and give instructions to "bark like a dog", "pretend to pet a cat", "show your claws like a cat", etc.
The Bible talks a lot about friendship. Some verses that go along well with this cat and dog book for kids include:
It is special to have a friend. Friends are to encourage and build each other up. A friend should be faithful and true.
The best news though is that Jesus wants us to be a friend to us!
He made the first move; He laid down His life for us. We become His friends by believing and trusting Him as our Lord and Savior. We become His friend just as Abraham did.
Friends are important in life; therefore, it is important to train children in how to be a good friend themselves.