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Two Bobbies


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KIRBY LARSON is the acclaimed author of many books for children, including the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, Hattie Big Sky, The Magic Kerchief and other picture books. She lives in Kenmore, Washington. www.kirbylarson.comMARY NETHERY is the author of many picture books, including Mary Veronica's Egg, and Hannah and Jack. She lives in Eureka, California. The authors will be donating a portion of their proceeds to Best Friends Animal Society.
JEAN CASSELS has illustrated more than 50 nonfiction nature titles. Her other titles include Groundhog Stays Up Late and Br'er Rabbit Captured!. She lives with her husband in New Orleans, where her home survived intact with just some water marks as a reminder of Katrina.


K-Gr 3-Simple prose introduces two animals, a cat and a dog, that survived Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and, after four months of wandering, were rescued by the Best Friends Animal Society. The narrative is obviously part supposition as the original owners were never found, despite efforts to locate them. Since both pets had bobbed tails, a shelter volunteer named them Bob Cat and Bobbi, hence the book's title. It was soon discovered that Bob Cat was blind, making his survival even more amazing and underscoring the idea that the two critters relied on one another during their ordeal. The terrifying event is told about in a matter-of-fact way, with the text concentrating on the "feel good" aspect of the two Bobbies. The gouache illustrations, done in soft pastel shades, present realistic glimpses of the devastated city that serve as a backdrop for the animals' struggles. An afterword includes a photo and additional information. An excellent introduction to Katrina for young children, this touching animal tale memorializes a modern catastrophe and pays tribute to the many volunteers who traveled to New Orleans to help.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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