It is a chilly Thanksgiving, and cat cousins Sunny and Wondrous meet at their familys country home. Hoping their felines will become best friends, cousins Claire and Ella are dismayed when fur flies instead. Sunny and Wondrous just are not interested in growing a friendship. When the chase reaches its peak, the cat cousins realize they have not been honest, or kind; and they could be playing instead of fighting! Hissing and clawing give way (to the joyous astonishment of the girls!) to licking whipped cream from a shared bowl. Authors and sisters Mary Hochenauer & Lois (Suji) Hochenauer-Fox weave a story that can teach young readers to communicate from their hearts by choosing love over fear. Canadian illustrator Diane Lucas enhances the timely message of this storybook with spunky, earnest portrayals of characters who feel at times fearful, lonely, selfish, mischievous, generous, loving, happy, and content. The holiday setting and family warmth draw young readers who, while thrilled by the scrabbling uproar, sigh with satisfaction as Sunny and Wondrous choose friendship. Part of all book proceeds are contributed to savethechildren.org.
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Authors, teachers, and sisters Mary Hochenauer and Lois (Suji) Hochenauer-Fox books and presentations show how everyone can speak and listen empathically to each other. A sequel is ready for publication, and a young adult novel about war and resistance is in the making.Review:
This is a heart-warming children s picture book for 4-8 year olds about getting along with others. The story is set during Thanksgiving, which normally is a time for family and togetherness. Two cousins, Claire and Ella, who are best of friends hope their cats, Sunny and Wondrous, will come together during the holiday celebration and also become best of friends. Things don t go as well as the girls plan with the visiting Sunny having to wait in the cold garage while Wondrous mingles with the rest of the family in the warmth of the Thanksgiving celebrations. Good intentions aside, a catfight erupts. The cousins separate the cats for a time-out of sorts that allows each cat to consider the other cat s hurt feelings. The theme of the book, selecting love over fear, threads its way into the story. Left on their own, the two cats carefully approach one another building a healthy relationship. The clear prose and colourful illustrations will engage young readers or those being read to as they enjoy a fun story while subtly learning a lesson in relationships. The authors have included a note to parents and teachers with suggestions for discussion. Sunny and Wondrous Cat Cousins is a spunky book about considering each other s feelings, working through conflict to live in peace and harmony. Just as when we purchase toys for children, we hope there will be a benefit from the play. The benefit from this book is a combination of awareness and an osmotic sense of conflict resolution. --Diane Schuller
Set during a chilly Thanksgiving holiday, Sunny and Wondrous Cat Cousins is a children's picturebook inspired by the antics of the authors' real-life feline friends. Sunny and Wondrous belong to two cousins who are good friends. The cousins want their cats to become "cat-cousin friends", but not everything goes as planned - they even get into a cat-fight! But after they're given a time-out and allowed to cool down, each cat starts to think about what he or she did to hurt the other's feelings, and they learn to make up and become friends. A tenderhearted story about learning to get along with others, and eal with hard feelings without being controlled by them. Enthusiastically recommended for young readers year-round, and a welcome addition to children's library collections. --The Midwest Book Review
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Book Description Gnatcatcher Children'S Books, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Diane Lucas (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0977800504