The book begins with Little Cheetah searching for his missing shadow, which is soon discovered up in a tree, looking lonely and sad (as well as grey and translucent). Little Shadow ran away because of Little Cheetah’s thoughtlessness: Little Shadow never gets to go first, never picks their destination, and always catches his tail in the door as they leave a building. Little Cheetah offers to let Little Shadow lead the way and discovers just how unpleasant it is to be taken for granted. He even gets his own tail caught in a door – because developing empathy can be a painful process. And Little Shadow learns that his corporeal twin was acting out of ignorance, not malevolence. The newly enlightened friends end the day with a snack and a happy game of cards.
This is the perfect book to read to a very young child at bedtime.