Non-Fiction Monday: Two Bobbies by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery

As we approached the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I thought it appropriate to review Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery.  

I’m kind of surprised that I haven’t shared it earlier.  It was a nominee for the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award this past school year. No surprise, it won the award.

Two animals, a dog and a cat, both without tails, find each other in the aftermath of Katrina.  For four months, they wandered the streets of New Orleans until they were rescued by Best Friends Animal Shelter.  It is there that volunteers realize that Bob Cat is blind and that Bobbi, the dog has acted as a guide. 

The pair become a national news item and eventually find a home in southeast Oregon. A photo of the two animals and an afterward complete the book.

While it is more an incredible story of friendship and survival, the book is an excellent story to talk to young children about the devastating effects of Katrina.  The story is does not sugar coast the events five years ago but it is an uplifting book.  Kids relate to animals. There’s plenty of opportunity to talk about natural disasters, friendship , and animal shelters.

 Just yesterday, I was introduced to another book, A Place Where Hurricanes Happen by Renee Watson over at 7-IMP.  I see reading both books to students as a way to see how both people and animals can persevere and survive.

Nonfiction Monday is hosted by Playing by the Book.



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Happy Reading.