Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog
written by Jeanne Willis; illustrated by Tony Ross
(Lerner Publishing Group) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library
Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog are not exactly workout warriors. They enjoy eating and they love to sleep. Coincidentally, they notice that their sofa and house seem to be shrinking. The more they eat and sleep, the smaller their sofa becomes. When they outgrow their house, Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog go on a journey to find distant relatives and a new place to live. Their relatives turn out to be more distant than first thought, so they have to spend a lot of time walking and searching for food. When they return to their original home, they make a surprising discovery.
Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog will easily promote discussion in your classroom. All of us can relate to times when we don't exercise enough and/or eat properly. Instead of focusing on what the characters do in the beginning, I would focus on what they do in the latter part of the book to make themselves feel better. It is incumbent that we promote healthy eating habits and daily exercise in our schools. Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog is a humorous book that will help in this effort.
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