Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival

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Bobbi and Bob Cat are the best of friends. When their hometown of New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina, many lost everything. But not Bobbi and Bob Cat—they still had each other. Only by staying together could they survive. This is the story of their remarkable friendship.

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Overview

Bobbi and Bob Cat are the best of friends. When their hometown of New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina, many lost everything. But not Bobbi and Bob Cat—they still had each other. Only by staying together could they survive. This is the story of their remarkable friendship.

A Junior Library Guild Selection
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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' preshelter 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.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Adversity can turn even sworn foes into friends, as witness this true tale about a dog named Bobbi and a cat named Bob Cat. During and for four months after Hurricane Katrina, these two stuck together in the flood-ravaged city of New Orleans. Finally, a kindly construction worker finds them and brings them to a temporary animal shelter, where the two refuse to be separated. Adoption of both by a compassionate ranch owner in Oregon brings about a happy ending. Through this story, young readers gain a better understanding of the devastation caused by this particular hurricane and other natural disasters. Illustrator Jean Cassels (a New Orleans resident herself) vividly conveys the perils of the two friends in gouache paintings that show fallen trees, floating furniture and damaged homes. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
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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

Kirkus Reviews
Larson and Nethery relate the true story of a dog and a cat, both tailless, that come to be called Bobbi and Bob Cat, respectively. Abandoned in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the inseparable duo wander the devastated city for months before being taken into an animal shelter and then finally to a new home on a ranch in Oregon. The improbability of the pair's survival is heightened by the astounding discovery that Bob Cat is blind and surely would not have persevered without Bobbi's protection. While the sometimes gritty realism of Cassels's illustrations successfully captures the essence of the storm-ravaged yet resilient city, the authors, presumably in an attempt to avoid sensationalism, unfortunately rob this story of much of its inspirational quality through the flat, journalistic language they employ. As it presents a story that deals with the tragedy of the storm yet focuses on hope and triumph, this effort will likely hold much appeal for survivors of natural disasters, particularly Katrina. If only the telling itself had a little Crescent City flair. (Picture book. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802797544
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 150,041
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery are the best of friends, just like Bobbi and Bob Cat. They first saw the Two Bobbies on Anderson Cooper 360° and found hope in the Bobbies’ story of friendship and survival. Kirby is the acclaimed author of many books for children, including the 2007 Newbery Honor Book Hattie Big Sky. Mary is the author of many picture books, including Mary Veronica’s Egg. Kirby lives in Kenmore, Washington, and Mary lives in Eureka, California. The authors will be donating a portion of their proceeds to Best Friends Animal Society. Visit their Web sites at www.kirbylarson.com and www.marynethery.com

Jean Cassels has illustrated more than fifty nonfiction nature titles. Her other titles include Groundhog Stays Up Late and Br’er Rabbit Captured! Jean lives with her husband in New Orleans. They left the city with their three dogs a day before Katrina, and it was six weeks before they could return home. Although there is still much left to accomplish throughout the city, Jean is glad to say that through the efforts of the residents and the visitors who have come to help, New Orleans is making a comeback. Visit her Web site at www.jean-cassels.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    My nine year old loved this story. It is a heartwarming true story for animal lovers of all ages.

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    Posted July 27, 2013

    Great and on the edge

    It is a great book with awesome vocabulary

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

    sad

    two bobbies is very sad but has love and friendship

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2008

    Love and friendship

    The two bobbies is a wonderful book about the power of love and friendship. Here is a story about a cat and dog that love and care about each other. A must read.

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