Flabby Tabby

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Flabby Tabby
Flabby Tabby
by Penny McKinlay
Frances Lincoln

Age Level:
Preschool and up

SurLaLune's Review: A lesson about healthy weight and physical fitness lurks in the pages of this picture book. Tabby the cat spends her time eating and sleeping until the day she gets stuck in her cat-flap. The vet's solution? A kitten! The new playmate eats Tabby's food before Tabby can reach it. This causes Tabby to start moving and working to beat the kitten to the food bowl. All ends happily as Tabby and the kitten become friends when a sleeker Tabby gains enough energy to romp and play with her new companion.

McKinlay's short text is perfect for preschoolers while the subject matter is pertinent for grade schoolers, too. As childhood obesity becomes a hotter topic than ever before, this book addresses the issue without obvious didacticism. It's comforting that Tabby finds her own solutions through exercise while still eating, not through an enforced diet or exercise regime. Britta Teckentrup's illustrations are cheerful and are a fine accompaniment to the text.



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