Unusual friendships : a little black cat and a little white rat /
by Beatrice Culleton Mosionier ; illustrated by Rebecca Belmore.
Penticton, BC : Theytus Books, c2002.
26 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
1894778049, 9781894778046
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Penticton, BC : Theytus Books, c2002.
Little White Paws loves ballroom dancing. Little White Rat plays the fiddle and she decides that with some minor adjustments, they should use their talent. They find themselves and an unusual group of friends embarking on a wonderful adventure.
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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.
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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.

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