Tabby and Friends
by Fay Frison
Trafford Publishing

"Tears were rolling down her cheeks, and this broke Mattie's heart."

Betrayal is a bitter pill to swallow. Throughout history, it is considered the worst offense people can commit against their families, friends, and organizations. It is one of those few issues that does not involve national security and yet considered serious. For that, it is a breath of fresh air to read a children story depicting this reality.

Tabby and Friends narrates an event that nearly breaks the friendship between Tabby, a cat, and Mattie, Mr. and Mrs. Parker's helper. In satisfying her personal need, Tabby devours the fish Mattie prepared for a friend. This act infuriates the family helper creating a wall between her and her feline friend.

From breaking a confidentiality vow to stealing, betrayal draws intense emotions. Usually, it's the betrayed who feels the pain. In the book, both Tabby and Mattie are wounded. Tabby feels bad for what she did and Mattie was upset that Tabby could do a very selfish act forsaking their friendship. In the end, Tabby seeks Mattie's forgiveness with the assistance of Rover, a dog. In return, Mattie received Tabby's apology with peace restoring their relationship.

All of us will encounter betrayal, both minor and major, once in our lives. When that happens, it is worthy to remember that Tabby's humility is crucial to make the reconciliation happen. While she was ashamed of what she did, Tabby chose to apologize and humble herself. The book stands out for its topic. While betrayal is a difficult-to-discuss theme, the author was successful in presenting the idea on a preschooler's level

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