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Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival Hardcover – August 5, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: AWARDS: Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award 2010-2011
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802797547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802797544
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 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
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“Neither Bobbi the dog nor Bob Cat has a tail, and some say that’s what brought them together.” Abandoned during the Katrina evacuations, pets Bobbi and Bob Cat wander dangerous, debris-strewn streets seeking food and water. Eventually taken to a rescue shelter, the Bobbies show distress when separated but remain calm when together. Workers then discover that Bob Cat is blind and that Bobbi seems to serve as his seeing-eye dog. A national news appearance ultimately results in the animals' shared adoption in a happy new home. The descriptive, sometimes folksy prose and realistically rendered gouache illustrations accessibly convey the Bobbies’ experiences and mutual devotion. An afterword, with a photo of the real-life furry friends, notes the parts of the narrative that are speculative, such as the animals’ pre-shelter experiences.This moving story about the importance of friendship and home highlights the plight of the hurricane’s lost and left-behind animals, as well as the value of animal shelters. Grades K-3. --Shelle Rosenfeld

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It is a touching story of true friendship.
Pattie
This true story incorporates beautiful illustrations and a wonderful story of friendship.
A. Searls
This is a childrens book but I think anyone who loves animals will enjoy this story.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By K. Lemke on August 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was looking for some books for my son and came upon the Two Bobbies purely by accident. I picked it up because I love animals and saw the mention of Hurricane Katrina. As I paged and read through the book, the tears ran down my face. It's a beautiful story and one that both children and parents will love.

My husband wondered what made it so emotional (as he gaped at me crying in the middle of the store!) and I said that it was really just a simple story of friendship that made it special. So many poor animals suffered from Hurricane Katrina. It was nice to read this special story.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Children's authors have commonly found that the only way to really write about a huge recent disaster for small tykes without irreparably scarring them for life is to find some kind of human-interest story to focus on. When 9/11 happened it was "The Man Who Walked Between the Towers" that ended up being the best picture book to make reference to the tragedy, and it didn't even talk about it all that much! Similar books like "Fireboat" and "September Roses" made their focus a boat and a delivery of flowers but somehow neither really twanged the heartstrings effectively. What's particularly interesting about these three books is that none of them involved animals in any way. Critters were few and far between around the Twin Towers that day. As a result, authors had to scramble especially hard to find something, ANYTHING, to that kids could relate to. Newbery Honor winning author Kirby Larson and her partner in crime Mary Nethery have it a little easier. Focusing on an animal interest story from the time of Hurricane Katrina, Larson and Nethery could have easily phoned in the tale of Bob Cat and Bobbi, but the story that emerges here is one of grace and delicacy. Steady hands present us with the story of this cat and dog team. It is an actually touching story, with none of the faux emotions or cloying techniques sometimes employed with lesser true-life dog/cat tales.Read more ›
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Grier Jewell on August 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery bring us a completely satisfying story of friendship that reaches across the canine-feline divide and lifts us two-legged critters to a higher plane of existence. We can only hope to achieve the same quality of love and compassion that comes so naturally to Bobbi and Bob Cat. The tale of these two survivors of Hurricane Katrina and its manmade aftermath will lay its paw print on your heart. It might even make you a better person.

I highly recommend this book for friends with and without fur. (I gave one to my friend, Jack the wonder dog, and he enjoyed it tremendously.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aisha M. Ellis on March 4, 2009
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I really liked this book. It's a story of two animals, a cat and a dog, who are left behind during Katrina. The story has a twist at the end, and you find out something about the animals that brings them together. The story is heartwarming, and the best part- it's true. The pictures are great as well and the story is written very well. The book covers many topics- abandoned animals, friendship, compassion, hope and Hurricane Katrina. As a teacher, my students love this tale of companionship. It did make me want to cry, so be careful reading it aloud!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus VINE VOICE on July 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
(Note: Results are just in (3-1-2011): "Two Bobbies" was picked by third through fifth graders in Louisiana as their favorite book from nominees for the 2011 Louisiana Young Readers Choice list. That same age group also selected it as favorite in my school. It was also my personal favorite. Congratulations to the author and the illustrator!)

"Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival"--this story touched my heart profoundly, beginning with the cover illustration and the title. But then I know the story of Katrina and its devastation. I know that animals were left behind, not out of indifference or neglect, but out of necessity. Who knew that people wouldn't be returning to their homes any time soon? That means animals essentially, through no one's fault, were abandoned. Artist Jean Cassels captures the essence of devotion behind this oh-so-poignant story: dog looking at cat with closed eyes. A flooded street is depicted in the background. These two were "abandoned." But there is much more to this story.

Typically, when I write reviews of children's books, I test the book on at least one group of students in my school library. I am the librarian. This time the book arrived in a box of books via Fed Ex after school closed, so I am the testee. Frankly, I was moved to tears by this story. Much of it is speculation. How could Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery know exactly what Cat and Dog did during their journey to the animal shelter? But the two animals had to have a history together, so the two writers imagined one.

Young cat, young dog, both bob-tailed, perhaps were taken in together by their owner as two of a kind. Perhaps the dog was chained when the floods came, when the owners left, thinking they would return soon.
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