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Little Bo in Italy: The Continued Adventures of Bonnie Boadicea

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Little Bo's sailor friend, Billy, has signed on aboard Lord and Lady Goodlad's handsome yacht, Legend. Bo is delighted, for now she and Billy can see more of the world, and she can continue her quest to find news of her long-lost brothers and sisters. Bo is determined to make sure they have all found safe and happy homes—even if it takes a lifetime of travels.

In beautiful Italy, Little Bo sees wondrous sights, has adventures that test her strength and courage, and makes some ...

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Overview

Little Bo's sailor friend, Billy, has signed on aboard Lord and Lady Goodlad's handsome yacht, Legend. Bo is delighted, for now she and Billy can see more of the world, and she can continue her quest to find news of her long-lost brothers and sisters. Bo is determined to make sure they have all found safe and happy homes—even if it takes a lifetime of travels.

In beautiful Italy, Little Bo sees wondrous sights, has adventures that test her strength and courage, and makes some surprising new discoveries. Throughout it all, she shows her valiant spirit and once again proves that even a tiny cat can make a big difference.

After being separated from her brothers and sisters, a very small cat named Bo falls in with a sailor and becomes a ship's cat, having various adventures at sea.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
In this second book of the "The Julie Andrews Collection" the friendly gray kitten Little Bo takes off on another adventure with her master, Billie, who has signed on as a sailor/bodyguard for Lord and Lady Goodlad. Aboard the yacht, the Legend, Little Bo and Billy have a wonderful opportunity to see the world; Little Bo also sees it as her chance to keep searching for her long-lost brothers and sisters, all of whom are on their own quests. As the yacht pulls into different harbors around the Italian peninsula, Little Bo, members of the ship's crew, and even Lord and Lady Goodlad are all part of adventures that allow Little Bo to experience the world at its fullest. In Pisa and Livorno, Little Bo finds her brother, Samson, working in the big top at the circus; in Rome, she finds her sister, Polly, recovering from a broken heart. This story, like the first in the series, is an easy-to-read exploration of Europe as well as a fun traveling book for young readers. It is a charming book throughout. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Edwards's (The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles) sliver of a tale traces the adventures of a small gray cat named Boadicea, "Bo" for short. Wealthy Mrs. Edith Edge is mortified to discover that a black stray has fathered the six kittens born from her pedigree white cat ("Can you imagine what the ladies at the Cat Association would say if they knew about this," she says). Save for one--the spitting image of her mother--she plans to toss them out on their furry ears. But first, the sextet of felines goes on an excursion with their mother to meet their father, who prophetically names the tiniest of the litter Boadicea: "She was a great warrior queen, brave and fearless." After a few brushes with danger, Bo finds a home with Billy, a first mate on a fishing trawler (who names her Bonnie, "Bo" for short). Though Bo is responsible for several turning points in the novel (a bike collision that saves her and her siblings from being drowned in the river; Billy's departure from the boat), her personality remains oddly undefined. In Cole's (Livingstone Mouse) full-page paintings, which open each chapter, and spot illustrations, his portraits of the kittens are charming. But he often opts for a rear view of the human and animal characters even in pivotal scenes, which distances readers from the action. Still, children will come away with the moral that, like Bo, their size may be small, but they can accomplish big things. Ages 8-up. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
If you have a soft spot in your heart for kittens, little Bonnie Boadicea will prove to be irresistible. The runt of the litter had an interesting pair of parents: Sarabande, a purebred, and Bounder, the alley cat. It was Bounder who gave the shy little kitten her big name. In true fairy tale fashion, Little Bo is thrust out into the cold cruel world. She is rescued by a handsome sailor named Billy Bates, whose life she inadvertently saves during a squall. In the end, Billy must decide between Little Bo and his job on the fishing boat. He makes a decision that will undoubtedly open new avenues in his life. The illustrations are outstanding. They range in size from tiny insets to full pages; several spread across two pages. They reveal an appealing Little Bo, a strong and romanticized Billy, and wonderful scenes of the cold winter and rough seas. The closing illustration with Little Bo perched on Billy's shoulder, as they head off into the dawn, is great. It presages the start of a new day and a rich life for the pair. 1999, Hyperion, Ages 7 up, $17.49 and $16.99. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Julie Andrews' third children's book, Little Bo is an illustrated novel with an animal heroine who will appeal and make sense to children. Andrews respects the intelligence of children by setting her story in an English home where the class issue is made obvious by the way a mixed litter of kittens is treated. Andrews then introduces a strong female heroine in the feline underdog, Little Bo, named after Boadicea, the Celtic warrior queen. Andrews doesn't talk down to children in either idea or language and creates characters both real and meaningful. 1999, Hyperion, Ages 7 to 10, $16.99. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In a beautiful mansion on a cold autumn evening, six kittens are born. Although they are all lovely and welcomed by their mother, "a purebred and a champion." They are, however, despised by Mrs. Edith Edge, their snooty owner, and her equally obnoxious butler because they were fathered by a common cat. The smallest is a precious little no-name baby, finally named Boadicea by her adventurous father, after a brave and fearless warrior queen. And, indeed, she needs such a powerful name to face the perilous journeys ahead after she is lost. The writing for this charming story is at times lyrical, always readable, and the short chapters make it an inviting read-aloud choice. The illustrations, done in oil, are exceptionally appealing and poignant, and appear throughout the well-designed book. The ending leaves the door open a crack for a sequel.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Morgan
Such a touching touching story is to be expected from this author, who is indeed the Julie Andrews.
The Hungry Mind Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060089085
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Pages: 105
  • Sales rank: 683,195
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Andrews Edwards is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment. She is perhaps best known for her performances in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and The Princess Diaries. Ms. Edwards is the author of many favorite children's books, including Mandy, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and the Little Bo series. She and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, an arts educator and theater professional, have coauthored over twenty books for young readers, including Simeon's Gift, The Great American Mousical, Thanks to You: Wisdom from Mother & Child, and the recent New York Times bestsellers The Very Fairy Princess and Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies. Emma is also the author of Raising Bookworms.

Henry Cole is the celebrated illustrator of many books for children, including the Bad Boys series by Margie Palatini, and is also the author and illustrator of the novel A Nest for Celeste.

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  • Posted February 28, 2013

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    The four books of the Little Bo series are all lovely with information on the locations visited, adventure and happy endings.

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