Unusual Friendships is a quaint story based on a friendship between a Black Cat and a Little White Rat full of colorful Metis affectations. Beginning on the Shores of the Red River in Winnipeg the White Rat fiddles a tune encouraging the Black Cat to learn the Metis jig. The friends form a dance show that debuts in Toronto and travels around Canada. In the end the characters manage to create and perform a new jig called the Red River Cat Dance. This story is written in a complete rhyming pattern with colorful illustrations by Rebecca Belmore which are enjoyable for children of all ages.
This story of an unusual friendship between a black cat and a white rat is full of colourful Métis affectations. With subtle references to the life of a Métis, the black cat is not accepted at the cat show as he is not considered a purebred. The white rat fiddles a tune, encouraging all the cats to learn to jig. They join together and achieve status and respect for who they are. In the end, they create a new jig called the Red River Cat Dance. This story is written in a complete rhyming pattern, enjoyable for children of all ages.