Newly Released Children's Book: Missy Meerkat and Me Teaches Children how to Makes New Friends

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An old dog may not be able to learn any new tricks, but he can certainly make some fine new friends. That's how it is with loveable Lamont, a 10-year-old, 70-pound Old English Sheepdog who lives a dog's life with his young owners Jeb and Jennie – and their parents – in the family's two-story home in Florida.

Lamont lives the good life. He runs, plays in the park, has his meals catered – and then lies down for a good, old-fashioned dognap. When he wakes up, he’ll do it all over again.

Then one day he meets a stranger in the park – 14 inches tall, 24 ounces in weight, with a tail almost as long as her body. It's Missy Meerkat, who came across the ocean from Africa with her entire clan of brothers and sisters. Missy and her family are new immigrants to the southern United States – and they are trying hard to adjust to their adopted new land and make a new life for themselves. Maybe Lamont can be their best friend who helps them to adapt.

That, at its heart, is the central theme of Missy Meerkat and Me, a new illustrated book for children created by Barbara Brothers-Kipp, a retired Language-Arts teacher, who has a large extended family of her own. She and her husband Richard share their lives together with homes in Englewood, Florida and the community of Essex in southwestern Ontario.

Missy Meerkat and Me presents a valuable, delightful message that parents will be eager to pass along to their children. This message about diversity simply says that we are all in this world together – that we owe it to each other to get along, to help each other whenever we can, and that new, lasting friendships can be formed out of our own individual uniqueness! Missy Meerkat and Lamont not only discover that they like each other, but that they also have much to learn from one another.

This lovely book will provide hours of enjoyment for the young readers in your life. Fun, educational and charmingly illustrated, it makes a perfect gift for all seasons or any reason!

Missy Meerkat and Me
by Barbara Brothers-Kipp
ISBN: 9780981386201


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