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Bayberry and Beau
     

Bayberry and Beau

by Nita Choukas, Gillian Tyler (Illustrator)
 

Bayberry & Beau is an original tale inspired by a real horse and cat who became mysteriously attached to one another.

Beau is very unhappy in his new life as a barn cat. He longs to be Miki’s pet again, playing with him all day and sleeping on the bottom of his bed every night. Sadly, when Miki became allergic to him, Beau was sent to live on Cloud- land

Overview

Bayberry & Beau is an original tale inspired by a real horse and cat who became mysteriously attached to one another.

Beau is very unhappy in his new life as a barn cat. He longs to be Miki’s pet again, playing with him all day and sleeping on the bottom of his bed every night. Sadly, when Miki became allergic to him, Beau was sent to live on Cloud- land Farm with Miki’s Uncle Jake and Aunt Ruby.

Soon, Beau is in big trouble with bossy Aunt Ruby. Born to be a pet, not a hunter, he sleeps and dreams in the barn’s loft instead of catching mice. Beau feels very sorry for himself until the day Bayberry comes to live on Cloudland Farm. The old bay quarterhorse doesn’t want to be there either. Her mournful whinnying when her owners leave her alone in her stall awakens Beau.

Peering down on the drooping horse, Beau remembers the way he felt the day Miki and his mom left him alone in the stable.

Beau runs from the loft, hops on Bayberry’s stall door, and introduces himself.

This is their story.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"I will always remember the delight in my students' eyes...as Bayberry & Beau became part of their lives."--Betsy Draper, first grade teacher

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Beau, the cat, has had to leave his house and now lives at Cloudland Farm where he is supposed to catch mice. Beau would much prefer to still be living in his house. Beau rescues a hungry mouse, Marvin, and earns the title of "brave" and Marvin's friendship. Bayberry, an old horse, arrives at Cloudland Farm, as his owners could not keep up their farm and Bayberry's care. The common bond of being former family pets causes Bayberry to depend on Beau's ability to keep the mice away from his stall. To do so, Beau needs a place to sleep in the stall; the only comfortable place is Bayberry's back. Beau comes to Bayberry's aide again when Beau finds all of the holes in a meadow and Bayberry can avoid falling. This short chapter book reminds one of Babe or Charlotte's Web in its frank description of talking animals and friendship. Choukas's story comes from an inspiration for children based upon true events she witnessed. However, unlike the previously mentioned two lively, classic reads or perhaps the real event, this book has very little dramatic tension or very little devotion toward these animals. The story may hold interest for first through third graders, particularly those with a strong devotion to animals or who are reluctant readers, as the chapters are very short.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933392356
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Pages:
100
Product dimensions:
7.32(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
6 Years

Meet the Author

Nita's childhood years in rural Maine during the great depression kindled her lifelong interest in dramatic literature. Material possessions were scarce in those days, and imaginative play substituted for toys.

As a mother of three, grandmother of ten, she honed her storytelling over the years, and has studied literature all her life.

Actress and director of school and community theater, she has written book for two children's musicals, Lolly On His Own and An Elemental Tale. This is her first children's book. Of her inspiration she explains, "upon first seeing my friends' aged horse walking toward me with a handsome tabby cat riding high on her shoulders I just started wondering and imagining why."

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