When two cats "move in" to the tree next door to T-bone, the dogs try to everything to get rid of them, but they soon discover that they have no real reason not to like the cats. The dogs learn that individual differences should not stand in the way of friendship.

Clifford's Big Idea: Have RespectClifford's Big Idea: Have Respect

As children become more aware of the world around them, they begin to learn that families are alike in some ways and different in others. Lessons in diversity will help build:

  • social and emotional development
  • appreciation and understanding of cultural and social diversity

Reading Aloud: Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah DooleyReading Aloud: Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley

In this story, Carrie tours her neighborhood looking for her little brother and discovers that rice is cooking for dinner in kitchens everywhere, in dishes from Barbados, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, and China.

After reading the story

  • Talk about things that most families have in their kitchens and things that are not so common. Make a list of both on a large sheet of paper.
  • Have the child draw pictures of favorite meals. Browse a variety of cookbooks to find dishes that are new to you and the child.
  • Plan a meal that combines something familiar with something totally new.

Pet StorePet Store

Set up a pet store, just for fun. Collect props for the store, such as bags of pet food, toys, and grooming supplies. If you add play money, you can take turns playing shopkeeper and shopper.

If you can, visit a real pet store together. Urge the child to notice and to tell you about ways in which the pets in the store are alike or different.

Books to ReadBooks to Read

Here are a few favorite storybooks about cats and dogs:

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gàg
Go, Dog, Go! by P. D. Eastman
Cats (a Scholastic Discovery Book)
The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra and Sal Barracca
Cross-Country Cat by Mary Calhoun
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats.

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