A tiny, delicately illustrated picture book for young children and animal lovers that holds a world of emotion conveying a friendship between an energetic puppy and a new kitten.
Little dog George isn’t sure about the new kitten that appears in their home. George sniffs Tao, they look at each other, they wag and wave their tails. Then they start to play. George and Tao are best friends!
But George is too excited and Tao gets hurt. Now Tao is gone.
George looks everywhere, then waits—all morning, all afternoon, all night. Will Tao come home?
George's overenthusiastic friendship comes to a sudden stop, turns to worry, a long wait and then finally an outburst of pure doggy joy when Tao comes home. This puppy and kitten encapsulate everything about being small, and the intensity of the now-moment.
With beautiful and irresistible animal illustrations, this warm friendship story that touches the heart is an ideal gift book for pet lovers of any age. Ideal for families to use as a tool for talking about a new baby or sibling in the home with themes of friendship, overenthusiasm, different styles and overreaching boundaries.
A lovely size for small hands, George and Tao is a story for anyone who knows the thrill of finding a new friend.
Claude K. Dubois was born in Belgium and is the awardwinning author of The Old Man. She has published nearly eighty children’s books for which she has received several awards. She is also a sculptor and painter.
Translated from the French edition by Daniel Hahn.
Praise for George and Tao
"This cozy tale is ideal bedtime fare...A darling ode to friendship." Kirkus Reviews
“Resist if you are able!” School Library Journal
Praise for The Old Man
“This is an extraordinary book, one that can make the needed connection for young children to see human beings as more than their circumstances.” Starred review, Kirkus Reviews
“Young readers will be empowered. A brave, sensitive book.” Children’s Books Ireland
This cozy tale is ideal bedtime fare…A darling ode to friendship.
Resist if you are able!
School Library Journal
This is a tiny book just made for little hands and being shared with a little one, that focuses on friendship and fun and what happens when things get out of hand – as they often do when little ones play together. The text is simple, but the watercolour artwork carries so much making George’s loss when Tai disappears, palpable. Exquisite.