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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Horace, a leopard, is the adopted son of tiger parents. Every night at bedtime Mama tells him how he came to be their child. Horace always falls asleep before the story ends. As Horace grows older, he begins to wonder whether he belongs with his adoptive family. One night he proves his own ending to the story he has heard so often. Full-color illustrations.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Mulberry Books (first published April 26th 1991)
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Emily Beese
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Horace is a little leopard who gets adopted by two lions. The book can help connect with children who were adopted by a family who is a different race. It also can help parents of these children understand that they need to know about their own culture.
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adoption, non-fiction
Good story about a child with spots feeling out of place in a family of stripes.
Horace, an adopted child, realizes that being part of a family depends on how you feel, not how you look.
Alicia Evans
This book is just amazing on so many different levels. Horace is adopted and he feels like he stands out far too much with his spots in a family of stripes. His family loves him very much but he has a hard time feeling like he fits in. One day he runs away to find a family like him but he finds out what true family is instead. This book is perfect for kids who are dealing with being adopted or for kids who feel different from others in their family or others around them.
Horace was adopted by the tiger family because they wanted a child and they liked his spots. But Horace doesn't like not looking like everyone else. One day he decides to run away and find a family that looks more like him. He manages to find one having a picnic in the park. He is immediately invited to play hide and seek. He is the last one to be found and by that time, he misses his family and ends up going home.
The story simply illustrates the idea that love and family go far beyond looks. I was surprised at the statement to Horace that he "lost" his family when he was little.

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Aug 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adoption
A sweet story about adoption
Adam Hardesty
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is a good kids book. I would say its for a little bit older of an elementary age.
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Endearing portrayal of adoptee and his adoptive parents.
Lesley Looper
Old story, cute twist.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: edrd-314
It's a good book, especially for those who are adopted. There is repetition in this book,good for younger children.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cute picture book for young adopted children on the topic of looking different.
C.c. Claybrook
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
Love it!! About inter-racial adoption.
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