Betty & Cat is a series of children’s books that reflect the way today’s children play with language. You won’t find a translation, just two critters communicating: Cat in English and Betty in Dutch or French depending on the book.
These books are ideal for
- children being brought up bilingually, who are comfortable switching between the two languages, and are looking for books that reflect their unique lifestyle;
- adults close to those children who may have forgotten some of their English-language skills (or are learning French or Dutch), and want to participate in the bilingual experience of these children; and,
- children who are struggling with learning English and who perhaps don’t see the point of learning another language.
The series starts in Dutch with Thuis bij Betty & Cat At Home, in which the characters are introduced. The second book is In de Kennel met Betty & Cat In the Kennel. It is also available in French/English (Au chenil avec Betty & Cat In the kennel). This second book may have a particular resonance with kids who have moved from one country to another. (Spoiler alert: it has a happy ending!)
Book three in the series is Dans la neige avec Betty & Cat In the snow or Het sneeuwt bij Betty & Cat In the snow.