- Paperback: 54 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 17, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440421013
- ISBN-13: 978-1440421013
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,560,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stowaway: The San Francisco Adventures Of Sara, The Pineapple Cat Paperback – September 17, 2008
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About the Author
Jill Ammon Vanderwood (author) lives in Utah with her husband, Bill. They are the parents of four grown children and grandparents of six. When she isn't writing, Jill is teaching workshops for writers, reading to kids, volunteering for the Northwest Kiwanis Camp, and fundraising for The Literacy Action Center, and the Wheelchair Foundation. Jill is very excited to share with you, Stowaway: The San Francisco Adventures of Sara, the Pineapple Cat. In this story she was able to include both a mischievous animal, Sara, and a quirky but endearing grandmother. Jill Ammon Vanderwood is the author of two children's magical adventure books: Through the Rug and Through the Rug 2: Follow that Dog. She always includes animals in her whimsical adventures. You can visit her on the Web at www.throughtherug.com Yvonne Ford (illustrator), a Miami native, graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and has worked steadily as an illustrator, graphic designer, web designer, and artist. Her clients include book cover designs and page illustrations for FC&A Publishing, creating educational materials for Gallopade International, and designing a series of "Christian Critters" cross-stitch pattern books for Color Charts. Yvonne's family includes her husband, three children, and a son-in-law. They are avid campers and active in their church. Yvonne can be contacted through her website at www.yfdesigns.com.
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Top customer reviews
While certainly cats escape from homes all the time---and are often consequently lost---it's stupid to think a cat could knowingly follow her owner out, sneak into a airport-bound taxi just before the door slams and get through security and onto the owner's flight.
Just how unlikely is it? Well, after my original November 2008 version of this review (updated March 6, 2009) someone I love accidentally crushed her unseen, sweet kitty with a slamming car door. And she was emotionally crushed.
One could perhaps accept the story line if it were lively. But the prose is like dead weight. It's just plain dull.
Even kids know that airport security, post-9/11 requires everyone to take off their shoes. And an 'AAA' battery in a pocket can set off an alarm.
But mostly, the story lacks magic. Besides for poor prose, the book features plain and uninteresting illustrations. All together, I lost interest after page four, and I'm sure if my kids were still small enough to sit in my lap for stories, they'd find this book as dull and uninteresting as I do.
The only disappointment was on my niece's part - she wanted to see a picture of Grandma with the spiked red hair. And she wanted to see the babies. But the boys howled with laughter when the cat ended up in the baby bonnet. And I had the delight of sharing some of my own San Francisco adventures during our story time.
The ages of my little group range from 4-8. It held the interest of all three and inspired light-hearted conversation beyond.
My special note: I don't review children's books which aren't requested as a "read it again" from my young audience. "Stowaway" received their approval.
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