A kind-hearted dog and rabbit who are best friends learn
that differences are what make us special.
Cooper the affable and friendly dog is back, and he’s looking to make a buddy. In this second title in the award-winning Cooper the Dog series, Please Don’t Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit, Cooper and his best friend rejoice in silly escapades together and learn that having differences is the best part of friendship.
When Uncle Stephen takes Cooper out in the yard, the winsome hound bounds after a rabbit outside of the fence. It isn’t long before the rabbit realizes he has nothing to fear; this playful pup is looking for a friend. Jack the Rabbit and Cooper become inseparable chums.
Whether it’s blazing through parks and playgrounds, visiting museums and bookstores, or hunting for sticks, Cooper and Jack don’t realize that some may think they make an unlikely pair, they just know that they like being around each other.
“Cooper and Jack are so much alike. They love to explore, on foot or by bike.
Playing inside or out, it depends on the weather. Either way, they have fun just being together.”
Through masterfully written rollicking rhymes paired with vibrant painterly illustrations by Anna Mosca, young readers will delight in the spreads of Jack and Cooper romping around and doing the things that good friends do together. The sprightly story conveys a subtle and sweet message that celebrates differences, kindness, and friendship.
“It’s no big deal that they aren’t the same. A bunny and hound? A name is just a name.”
Targeted Age Group:: 2-7
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Cooper the rescue dog truly based on our old dog, Charlie, who definitely did not know he was a dog. Children have been loving the first book, Please Don't Tell Cooper He's a Dog, which focuses on kindness to animals. With the audience growing, I felt it was a great opportunity to help spread the message of embracing our differences and finding friendship and acceptance with people different from us. This world has become increasingly toxic socially, and I thought perhaps working on teaching kindness to the next generation was a good place to start.
"Keep your mind and heart open when you meet someone new. You might find a great friend even if different from you."
Children’s book author Michelle Lander Feinberg has an unlikely work colleague. When she sits at her desk to write her stories, her dog runs in to join her as if he believes that he provides inspiration for Michelle to write her uplifting Cooper the Dog picture book series.
For the Cooper the Dog series, Michelle’s inspiration, in fact, initially came from her old dog, Charlie, a wonderful mutt who most certainly did not think he was a dog; hence the title of Michelle’s debut book in the series, Please Don’t Tell Cooper He’s a Dog.
Michelle believes that a great children’s story is one that is entertaining and humorous but that also has a subtle lesson. She hopes her young readers come away from her second book, Please Don’t Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit, learning the importance of friendship and that friends should celebrate their differences.
As a lifelong animal advocate, Michelle is a strong supporter of animal welfare organizations and does her best to spread the word of the importance of adopting pets from animal shelters and rescue groups.
When she isn’t writing funny and heartwarming stories with positive messages for children, Michelle enjoys spending quality time with her husband and five children, traveling, reading, painting, practicing yoga, and playing golf. She lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband, Andrew, their children, and their pets—rescue dog Cooper, and Gus the mouse.