Ringo Saves the Day!: A True Story

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Carol and Ray are very sick. One day, their cat Ringo leads Carol outside. "Meow! Meow!" he says. Ringo digs in some rocks. Why is Ringo digging? What will he find? Ringo is about to save Carol's life!

A young woman and her husband are glad that they gave a stray kitten a home when it saves their lives by alerting them to a gas leak.

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Overview

Carol and Ray are very sick. One day, their cat Ringo leads Carol outside. "Meow! Meow!" he says. Ringo digs in some rocks. Why is Ringo digging? What will he find? Ringo is about to save Carol's life!

A young woman and her husband are glad that they gave a stray kitten a home when it saves their lives by alerting them to a gas leak.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Kids love to read animal stories, especially those based upon true stories. Andrew Clements, author of acclaimed middle grade novels Frindle and The Janitor's Boy, gives younger kids an easy-to-read story about a loveable, courageous cat who becomes a local hero. Ringo is an orange-striped, homeless kitten until he is rescued by Carol and Ray, and becomes a part of their family. When the kitten wants to go outside, he bangs on the back door like a drummer, so Carol thinks he should be named for the famous drummer, Ringo Starr. Ringo's life in his new home is happy until the day Ringo notices a funny smell in the air and sees that his owners feel sick. That's when Ringo's sharp nose and digging skills help him to save the day. Beier's bright watercolors capture feline expressions and poses perfectly. The text for this title in the Ready-to-Read/Level 1 "Pets to the Rescue" series is set in large, easy-to-read type, perfect for beginners. Kids will come back to this book for repeated readings. 2001, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $15.00. Ages 5 to 7. Reviewer:Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This new series introduces beginning readers to the "True stories of animals that saved people's lives." In Ringo, a young woman visits her mother at a nursing home and befriends a cat that is expecting kittens. When the cat gives birth, she adopts an orange kitten and names him Ringo because he likes to drum. This feline becomes a hero when he alerts his owner and her husband to the dangerous broken gas pipe in their backyard. Beginning readers will be familiar with many of the words in the repetitive text. The colorful watercolor illustrations provide visual clues, and viewers will enjoy following Ringo as he frolics across the pages. A solid choice for libraries in need of nonfiction beginning readers.-Maura Bresnahan, Shawsheen School, Andover, MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The Pets to the Rescue easy reader series presents true stories of animals that have saved lives, providing a dose of realistic drama along with controlled vocabulary and short sentences. Clements (The School Story, p. 582, etc.) relates the story of a woman named Carol who helps feed a feral cat at a nursing home and eventually adopts one of the cat's kittens. Carol and her husband already have three adult cats, but they add the orange kitten to their family and name him Ringo because he uses his paw to hit at a door like a drum. After Ringo grows up, Carol and Ray (and the other cats) all mysteriously fall sick, with everyone sleeping too much. Ringo beats on the front door until Carol follows him outside, where he digs in the ground near the house and uncovers a broken gas pipe that has been leaking into the house. Ringo subsequently achieves his 15 minutes of fame. Young animal-lovers will enjoy Ringo's dramatic story, complemented by Beier's (Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride, not reviewed, etc.) watercolor illustrations of a cozy country setting and an appealing marmalade-colored cat. This easy reader's design features two or three sentences per page with varied text placement, a large type-size, and much white space, creating a satisfying reader at the first-grade level with a built-in safety lesson as well. (Easy reader. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756933128
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Series: Ready-to-Read Series: Level 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in central Massachusetts and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.

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Level 1: Starting to Read

• Simple stories
• Increased vocabulary
• Longer sentences


Carol and Ray are very sick. One day, their cat Ringo leads Carol outside. "Meow! Meow!" he says. Ringo digs in some rocks. Why is Ringo digging? What will he find? Ringo is about to save Carol's life!

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