Teaching Kids About Making New Friends

Matilda, a cat new to Meadow Green Farm, feels ostracized when she tries to befriend the other animals. She decides to fly to get their attention and respect. But once she climbs to the barn rafters, she becomes frightened. How will she get down?

When confronted by new locales and situations, every child has fears and uncertainties. As he or she starts going to a new school, moves to a new home or joins a group, the child learns to build friendships. Learning how to expand one’s friendships and experience new relationships are important aspects of the child’s growing into an emotionally healthy person.

CATS CAN’T FLY: Teaching Children to Value New Friendships (New Horizon Press/Small Horizons, June 2012) by P.J. Neer, PhD, is a wondrously illustrated tale that will help children (ages four to nine) learn to befriend new acquaintances, aid parents and caregivers and convey the tools and skills needed to value friendship and caring. Children will join the adventures of Matilda, a young, grey tabby cat, as she moves to Meadow Green Farm and attempts to get to know the animals that live there.

Children will easily relate to Matilda’s early loneliness and sometimes clumsy attempts to reach out as she tries to make new friends, finds that some of the animals need and show affection differently and learns a valuable lesson about friendship. CATS CAN’T FLY, an important addition to the Small Horizons “Let’s Talk Series” of children’s books, reveals tips and strategies for children as well as for parents and educators who are aiding children with adjusting to new situations.


P.J. Neer, PhD
, is a psychotherapist who has worked with children of all ages. She and her husband Ken own and run a horse boarding facility, Meadow Green, which is the inspiration of her book. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University and resides in Morgantown, West Virginia.


Cats Can’t Fly
Teaching Children to Value New Friendships

By P.J. Neer, PhD
New Horizon Press/Small Horizons
June 2012
Juvenile Fiction/Self-Help
ISBN: 978-0-88282-381-2
$9.95 pb – color illustrations
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