Discover children’s books by Patricia Furstenberg, from bestsellers such as Joyful Trouble, The Cheetah and the Dog, to beloved animal stories & poems for kids. Read them at bedtime, for fun or in the classroom, as fun educational material.
The Cheetah and the Dog, The Elephant and the Sheep, The Lion and the Dog
Now in Afrikaans and German on Amazon, books for children by Patricia Furstenberg
Drie populêre kinderboeke, nou beskibaar in Afrikaans. Helder en kleurvolle illustrasies en beminlike karakters wat opwindende avonture deel. Vir kinders en ouers om saam te geniet. Lees meer…
Drei richtig gute Kinderbücher. Unterhaltsames und schönes bunt illustriertes Bücher wird Eltern und Kinder begeistern. Weiterlesen…
Africa’s Bravest Creatures: Jock of the Bushveld, Huberta the Hippo, Vonk the Horse
Jock of the Bushveld, Africa’s Best Loved Dog Hero.
Jock, the runt of the littler, the smallest of puppies, lived to enjoy a full and adventurous life at the side of his master. Even those overlooked and picked on can grow to become brave and reliable dogs, deeply loved by their owners. Jock and his master shared a life of adventures in the African bush, transporting goods for a living, hunting their food together and sharing the warmth of the fire under a blanket of stars at night. Happy to have each other.
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Jock of the Bushveld: 5Stars Review from Readers’ Favorite by Amy Raines : “Jock of the Bushveld is a beautifully told story with wonderful pictures. I absolutely loved the characters and how they hunted together and shared everything they needed. I recommend Patricia Furstenberg’s tale to anyone of any age because it is an easy read that is easy to identify with and understand, as well as the positive messages within the text that are a strong indicator of how anyone can benefit from a love born of a second chance.”
Huberta the Hippo, Amazing Adventures of a Happy River Horse.
Read about the adventures and misadventures of a real African hippopotamus that, one day, at noon, decided to migrate south: “The moon sees all from way up high, I wish to also see the world go by.” It took Hubert many years to travel 1 600km south, along the South African coast. Along the way Hubert made many friends and enemies as he was a friendly hippo but with a rather large appetite and he didn’t quite followed the human rules. Nobody knows why Hubert migrated, but we do know that he was happy when he reached his final destination and that only after his death was discovered that he was, actually, a girl.
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Huberta the Hippo: Readers’ Favorite Starred Review by Kimberlee J Benart: “Written in flowing and rhythmic free verse and loose rhyme, Huberta the Hippo paints a picture of a happy animal who enjoys the simple things in life. I especially like the personality that Furstenberg attributes to Huberta. An entertaining read.”
Vonk the Horse: Spark, the Bravest Stallion of the 18th Century.
Sail the high seas to the end of the 18th century, the middle of winter in the southern hemisphere. When a ship hits a bank of sand near the Cape of Storms (Cape Town), all spectators on land fear for the lives of those on board for the waters are frigid and currents strong.
As Good As Gold, A dog’s life in poems
As engaging as a tail wag. Celebrating the simple things in life as seen through the eyes of our old time favorite furry friends, “As Good as Gold” is a volume of poetry revealing the talent and humor we always knew our dogs possessed. Dogs are full of questions, yet they are famed sellers of innocence especially when it comes to explaining their mishaps and often foolish effervescence through such pondering as “Why IS a Cat Not Like a Dog”, “As Brown as Chocolate”, “Silver Stars and Puppy Tail” or, best yet, “Dog or Book?” A book with an enormous heart for readers of all ages, it includes 35 poems and haiku accompanied by just as many colorful, expressive portraits of our canine friends.
* Great conversational piece to have around on a rainy day;
* Fantastic tool to discuss colors in nature and everyday questions with your little ones;
* A gentle way to introduce children to animals’ feelings;
* Amazing picture to cheer you up;
* An ideal gift for any dog lovers!
A book for children and ALL dog lovers, by Patricia Furstenberg
Belle Cat: Whiskers on my mat
When a stray cat, lost and hurt, is given a second chance she grabs it with all of her… paws!
Based on a true love story between a cat and her human, told with compassion and humor.
Insightful images of the real cat Belle are included to support this poem.
Additional fun, educational chapters:
“Did you know? Fun-tastic cat facts” – Interesting cat facts for young and old.
“Say what? What is a cat’s tail saying?” – Understand the secret language cats and kittens use by moving their tails
“How to… Tracking pet cats” – Just like the big cats, house cats leave footprints everywhere! Be a pet detective in your own back yard.
True story, pet rescue.
“The poem will capture the imagination of children showing them the joys of owning a cat and how different they can be.” (5* Amazon Review, Mandie Griffiths)
Some beloved books for children by Patricia Furstenberg:
The Cheetah and the Dog
Read a cheerful story book with sweet rhymes that celebrates diversity and promotes friendship, sure to resonate with families – particularly non-traditional ones and with the fans of Michael Jackson’s “Black or White”.
Inspired by the true story of Kasi, the orphaned male cheetah, and Mtani, the female Labrador, which struck a remarkable friendship and remained life-long friends, “The Cheetah and the Dog” is a glorious celebration of curiosity, respect for life, and unconventional wisdom, a heart-warming, fun read that belongs on any family’s bedtime shelf.
“The Cheetah and the Dog by Patricia Furstenberg, like her other animal story books, is inspired by the real life story of Kasi the cheetah and Mtani the Labrador dog and their friendship. The story gives insight on the importance of friendship. The author discusses the topic of friendship through this story, and tells readers how friendship can be fun and it is not about color, race, caste, and creed. The concept of the book extends to young and old alike. Friendship has no boundaries and the author encourages readers to be like Kasi and Mtani, just smile and care. The rhyming verses give the story a good pace and movement and introduce young children to rhyming words and how these can be used while writing poems. The illustrations are wonderful and make the story vivid and the concept clear. The story is refreshing and delightful and Kasi and Mtani will win the hearts of all young readers with their remarkable friendship that transcends all boundaries. It is a good book for bedtime storytelling and is good for read aloud sessions in classrooms as it handles a relevant topic which is important to everyone.” Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite
With poetic rhymes this striking picture book about the love and the simple kindness of a stranger is sure to touch a deep chord, particularly with fans of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” When a lamb meets an elephant calf the two are happy to share a small patch of grass and a tiny water puddle available during the Big-Bad Thirst. None of the two notices how different their bodies are, as the two are happy to spend their days together. Soon the sheep wishes that he, too, would arrive first at their meeting place and so he wakes up earlier and earlier each day. But no matter how hard he tries he cannot arrive before the elephant – because the elephant never left their tree, not having a home of his own. The sheep invites friend elephant to join her and her flock so that he will also have a family. Inspired by the true story of Themba, the orphan elephant and Albert the good-hearted sheep that adopted him and cuddled him, the two remaining log-life best friends, “The Elephant and the Sheep” is a hymn to innocence and unconditional love, a read that is sure to warm up everyone’s heart.
The Elephant and the Sheep by Patricia Furstenberg is a fun little book. The story is about an elephant and a sheep that become friends. Each day they meet at the water puddle, but somehow the elephant always arrives first. The sheep tries to beat the elephant to the water puddle first, but each day manages to always arrive second. Until one day the sheep discovers what the elephant’s secret is. I liked The Elephant and the Sheep, but at the same time it made me sad. The elephant’s secret was heartbreaking. The sheep was a very good friend to invite the elephant back to his home. I could not help but wonder what adventures lay ahead for this unique duo. I was surprised that this book was inspired by a true story. Furstenberg has piqued my interest in learning more about the original story. I read this story with my six-year-old daughter who loves animals; she thought the sheep and the elephant were a funny pair. She was wondering why the elephant lived where he did. The wording in the book is easy to read and in a poetic style. We both liked the illustrations. They are colorful and cute. I really liked the message that Furstenberg put into this story. It is one that children need to learn at an early age. Overall, my child and I enjoyed this book. My child was curious about the other animal books that Furstenberg has written. So, we plan on reading the others together soon. I recommend this book for anyone with young children. *****Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers’ Favorite*****
Here is a beautiful picture book with musical rhymes that celebrates diversity and promotes kindness, sure to strike a chord with the many fans of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”. When a lion is removed from his natural habitat, forced to leave his African land and his pride behind and crowned King of Animals in a zoo, but acts out and becomes a secluded, captive beast all humans give up hope. Only a patient and observant brown little dog stands by his side and, through his optimism and kindness, turns the beast into a friend for life. Inspired by the true story of Bonedigger, the disabled lion and the friendly Dachshund Milo who proved that friendship knows no boundaries, “The Lion and the Dog” is a brilliant, colourful tale that shines when read aloud and is a definitive must-have for all collections.
“Inspired by a true story, The Lion and the Dog by Patricia Furstenberg is a heartwarming story about the friendship between a Dachshund dog, Milo, and Leo the lion who lives in the heart of a zoo. The dog’s best friend is the frog whom he meets one day on his morning walk. The lion is brought in one day and kept in a cage for people to say WOW, and he is crowned as the King of the Zoo. Everyone feared the lion while the Dog was free to roam around the zoo. Milo the dog meets Leo the lion across the cage bars. Milo wants to share his joy with the lion. Leo is rude but Milo is not going to give up. The lion tries to scare Milo by saying he is from Africa and has seen the world. He also roars, showing off his huge teeth. Things change when Leo falls sick and readers get to see Leo and Milo becoming friends. I like the beautiful messages of friendship, faith, optimism, and kindness conveyed through this story. The rhyme scheme makes it a lyrical read, making it appealing to the children. The illustrations are wonderful and they give clarity to the author’s concept and words. What a beautiful story for parents to read out to children and help them understand the true meaning of friendship and how it has no boundaries! I would recommend the story for read aloud sessions in classrooms for students to understand that the right friends will come along if one has faith, and there is no need to feel lonely.” Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite *****
A poetry volume, between books for children by Patricia Furstenberg:
Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles
What readers say about Puppy: “I cannot recommend Puppy enough” DANDELION INSPIRED BLOG
“My daughter loved this book. She enjoyed pointing out what was happening in the illustrations and listening to what the puppy got up to.” WHISPERINGSTORIES
“Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles will be sure to bring a long-lasting smile to all dog lovers for many years to come.”READERS FAVORITE
“Grown up or not, Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles is a must-read for children that will teach them love and tenderness towards animals.”***** NADANESSINMOTION
It was sweet and fun to read to my two year old son.” BOOK REVIEWS BY JASMINE
Remember that Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles will also be released on 31st October in both eBook and Paperback on Amazon.
A book about the Great War, in children’s books by Patricia Furstenberg:
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A dog. A friendship. A purpose.
A humorous read about an incredible dog and how he had found his true, yet unexpected calling.
When a Great Dane arrives in a navy base nobody expects him to win everybody’s hearts, although breaking some rules along the way. But things soon turn sour as somebody threatens to put him to sleep. Who will stand up for this for-legged gentle giant? Tackling universal themes and voicing animal rights and the importance of fighting for what is right.
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Enter a world of friendship and adventure together with your child. Read these magical bedtime stories for sweet dreams and quality time.
“Happy Friends” is a 5 Stars Reader’s Favorite: “Happy Friends is a treasure to be enjoyed and shared over and over again.”
“Happy Friends” nurtures positivism, imagination, empathy, friendship, generosity, adventure and, of course, they have happy-endings.
It is an illustrated collection of 12 stories aimed at PARENTS to READ to their young CHILDREN, as well as at the OLDER child, to enjoy and read on his/her own.
These twelve stories can also be individually purchased. Find them under the “Happy Friends Children’s Book Series” on Patricia’s Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/patriciafurstenberg or SAVE by buying the “Happy Friends”,12 stories in one book, now.
READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK REVIEW:
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite
It’s that time of day, or should I say early evening. The time when, with pyjamas and slippers on, children can curl up on their bed or on the living room couch next to Mom, Dad, or a grandparent – or all of the above and just listen. There are stories that are fables, tales that teach for those who listen and truly have the desire to learn. But the best stories, the best fables are about friends. Because what would life be without friends?
There’s Pete the stuffed elephant who, though left behind in the acorn forest and somewhat lonely at first, always finds a way to be cheerful and he always finds new friends. There’s happiness and joy all around Pete and it’s very infectious. Then there’s Murphy the lizard, Pete’s new friend in the acorn forest. And there’s the ever curious Little Tail, a dog who wants to see and do everything, including finding Snow and making Snow his newest best friend. And there’s Summer Wind and a frozen dragonfly who, once he’s thawed, will help Little Tail find his way back home.
Patricia Furstenberg’s collection of twelve stories, Happy Friends, is a classic collection of stories to charm and to teach young readers the value of life and the value of good friends. Each of the twelve stories stands on its own, but each story interacts with the next as the plot thickens. The individual stories become Little Tail’s journey of discovery as he leaves his home and friends, only to discover that Snow might be interesting, but so are his friends back home.
For as “The Book of Life” says, and is often quoted in Happy Friends, “The time spent in the company of friends will, more than once, become part of our most cherished memories, staying with us for the rest of our lives.” Happy Friends is a treasure to be enjoyed and shared over and over again.”
AMAZON CUSTOMERS REVIEWS:
As well as all this, the book shares valuable life lessons, traditional values, installs empathy, and positivity too! It is a fun yet deep book which I believe every child should own!”
More books for children by Patricia Furstenberg:
How Pete met Lizard, Happy Friends Book 1 ***** FREE *****
Pete is an ordinary elephant with an EXTRA-ordinary gift. But he is alone in a forest where he suddenly found himself, one rainy afternoon. How he got there and will he remain alone forever and ever?
This is Book 1 in Happy Friends Series and where it all begins.
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Little Tail and the Snow
Be brave, no matter how small you are, and have the courage to pursue your dreams for you will be sure to discover new and exciting places. And even make a friend or two along the way!Little Tail, the small dog with a red tuft at the end of his tail, gathers his courage and, leaving his friends behind, goes searching for Snow, Up North. Will he find her and where will he take shelter in that cold and icy world?
Little Tail meets Blue
How much do you enjoy snow? THAT much? Then you’re just like Little Tail, the adventurous dog who went far and away looking for it.
What else will he find in that snowed up, frosty forest?
The Summer Wind and Lizard
You don’t have to look too far to find a new friend; have a good look around you as friends come in all shapes and sizes.
When two people look at the same image they sometimes see slightly different things. What would Wind and Lizard see when watching the shadows formed on the earth below? Have a good laugh with your child reading about it!
Or one for all and all for one! Just like the musketeers, our friends learn that strength IS in their number.
Friendship means being there for each other during happy days but also during rainy ones. If you wish with all your might and think long enough you will find a way to cheer up your sad friend.
The Blue Forest
Bizarre sounds are not always as scary as they seem when you first hear them. Think about them again in daylight. Amazing how much the change in light can do to a forest. It can make night things disappear!
Where has Blue been all day long? Will Little Tail, the friendly dog with a red tuft at the end of his tail, have another chance to frolic in the snow with his friend? He will have to wait to find out. Daylight casts new shadows over the forest trees and things look different than they were during night time.
The Secret of the Old, Bendy Tree
Little Tail might be a small dog by size, but he’s a brave little dog. What else has he discovered up North? Friend or foe? He soon learns that it is better to listen when being spoken to – even if a tiny bird addresses you.
Little Tail and Dragonfly
Little Tail has to make a choice and there is a risk that he will be chased out of his cozy burrow and in the heart of winter , if the old rhyme proves to be right. But if he doesn’t offer his help a stranger might perish! Everything isn’t what it seems.
Something Extraordinary Happens
Dragonfly learns that her strength comes from her heart. To keep her promise towards her friend she must overcome her fears. But who else… or what else will help the travelers along the way? Keep your hopes up, there is always a way to get out of trouble!
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Don’t judge people or creatures by their appearance – is what this children’s reader is about.
Things often happen for a reason. When two travelers need help it comes to them from the most unexpected source.
What’s the matter and what’s cooking? Little Tail learns the answer first. Dragonfly too, but at its own pace.
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A Friend in Need Is a Friend Indeed.
Pete the elephant, Little Tail the dog, Murphy the lizard and the Summer Wind are reunited in this last book, 12, of the Happy Friends series.
Who else will help them along the way? Dragonfly also discovers that having preconceptions can be a disadvantage.
Amazon Customer Review: “Little Tail and Dragonfly are adorable little friends. A great story for little ones with a great message.” FIVE STARS
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