A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton is a colorfully illustrated story told from two perspectives — an exuberant young girl and a beast from the woods. The young girl comes upon the beast in the woods and she decides to take him home and make him a pet. Once home, the beast is dressed up, not allowed to leave, and shown off to all her friends, among other things. Looking at the illustrations, kids should be able to tell that the beast is not very happy with the situation. When the story is told from the perspective of the beast, we learn that the girl coming upon him and kidnapping him was a traumatic experience. He doesn’t like being man-handled, etc., but later, both characters learn to set reasonable boundaries and a new friendship is born.
Parents can use this book to demonstrate empathy to their children, showing them that each story has two sides and that finding common ground is not as difficult as it may seem. A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton is a good story with lots of action and words that kids in Kindergarten could read on their own.