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

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


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from Newbery award winning author Kirby Larson comes a remarkable true story of the devotion, friendship, and survival of two pets left behind in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In the tradition of Owen and Mzee, this beautiful picture book is a testament to the spirit that defined post-Katrina rescue missions.

During Hurricane Katrina, evacuating New Orleans residents were forced to leave their pets behind. Bobbi the dog was initially chained to keep her safe, but after her owners failed to return, she had to break free. For months, Bobbi wandered the city's ravaged streets-dragging her chain behind her-followed by her feline companion, Bob Cat. After months of hunger and struggle, the Two Bobbies were finally rescued by a construction worker helping to rebuild the city. When he brought them to a shelter, volunteers made an amazing discovery about the devoted friends-Bob Cat was actually blind! He had survived the aftermath of the storm by following the sound Bobbi's chain made as she dragged it along the ground.

At the shelter, the two bob-tailed friends refused to be parted, even for a moment. Could rescue workers find the Bobbies' owners? Or could they find a new home that would take them together?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802797544
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/05/2008
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 99,054
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

KIRBY LARSON is the acclaimed author of many books for children, including the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, Hattie Big Sky, The Magic Kerchief and other picture books. She lives in Kenmore, Washington.

MARY NETHERY is the author of many picture books, including Mary Veronica's Egg, and Hannah and Jack. She lives in Eureka, California. The authors will be donating a portion of their proceeds to Best Friends Animal Society.

JEAN CASSELS has illustrated more than 50 nonfiction nature titles. Her other titles include Groundhog Stays Up Late and Br'er Rabbit Captured!. She lives with her husband in New Orleans, where her home survived intact with just some water marks as a reminder of Katrina.

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Two Bobbies 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
rwilliamson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Best Hurricane Katrina book! This informational picture storybook always makes me cry. Side note - my Standard Schnauzer, Marie, wandered up to my Hurricane Katrina damaged home in June, 2006 wearing 2005 Biloxi, Mississippi rabies tags. Before finding her former owners, we thought she had washed our way in the storm. She hadn¿t, she was merely no longer wanted (except by us). Back to the review ¿ Bobbi, a dog and Bob-Cat are two former pets adrift on the streets of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. This is the story of how they found strayed into a construction site and eventually found a home. While the authors speculate about the animals¿ life on the streets they refrain from anthropomorphism. Jean Cassels, a New Orleans artist¿s gouache on watercolor paper illustrations beautifully supplement the text. She even included Xs on the houses in her post-Katrina streetscape. The photograph included in the afterword shows Bobbi and Bob-Cat after their rescue. This book is a hit whenever I read it to students and adults. The library copy is always checked-out. I¿ve also shared it with out-of-town volunteers who come to help at my school or in my neighborhood) - they almost always leave with my copy of the book, which is why you should buy several at a time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My nine year old loved this story. It is a heartwarming true story for animal lovers of all ages.
amartin2787 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book would work well in a unit about friendship or even at the beginning of the year to talk about the importance of friends.
chelsea6273 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness! This was a very cute book, and I would recommend it to anyone of any age. It opened with the story of Hurricane Katrina, and the fact that many people could not bring their pets. Unfortunately, many pets were trapped in their homes without any food or water. This story told the story of Bobby and Bobcat in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, and how they wandered the city without any sustenance. The duo then came across a construction site, and was fed for a little bit. Then they were brought to a local arcade, Celebration Station, which was apparently made into an animal shelter. The two ¿bobbies¿ always hung around each other at the shelter, and then the rescuers found out that one of them was blind. They quickly became famous in the area: they made their TV debut on Anderson Cooper¿s show. Eventually, the two were adopted to a new family, and are now living in Oregon and are very happy. The pictures were really cute. I think it is an informational picture storybook.
econnick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two Bobbies provides a great perspective on the struggles of Katrina. While speculations are included, this story encompasses true friendship in the midst of a tragedy. It may be difficult to read for someone who experienced the hurricane and its aftermath; however, this story's theme of finding friendship in a difficult time is memorable.
NancyStorm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book based on a true story of Hurricane Katrina victims. Bobbi (a dog) and Bob Cat (a cat with a bobbed tail) are abandoned by their owners and left to fend for themselves. They exhibit incredible courage and undying loyalty in their fight to survive. In the end, they are adopted by a family in Oregon which makes this an even better book. Highly recommended!
justpeachy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This delightful children's picture book is based on the true story of a stray cat and dog who were rescued from the streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The dog had a length of chain dangling from her collar, indicating that she probably broke free during or after the storm when her owners did not return. Rescuers named her Bobbi and named the cat Bob Cat. Originally put in separate cages at the shelter, the animal friends were unhappy with the separation and calmed down as soon as they were put in the same cage together. It was soon discovered that Bob Cat was blind and that Bobbi had been serving as his seeing eye dog during those months wandering the deserted streets of New Orleans. After increased media attention, the two were adopted by a family right here in Oregon. This is a touching book about survival and friendship that will be enjoyed by both young and old.
beckystandal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ages 4 and Up - Two Bobbies is a sweet, true story of two pets who survived Hurricane Katrina. Later named Bobbie and Bob Cat because neither had a tail, this dog and cat pair were rescued by volunteers in the aftermath of the hurricane. When it was discovered that Bob Cat was blind, the tale of the dog-cat bond and survival became a heart-felt human interest story. When volunteers couldn't find the animals' owners, the book describes, there was only one thing left to do: go on Anderson Cooper. While the Anderson Cooper plug is a little ridiculous, the story gives a realistic but not too frightening presentation of the Katrina disaster and a sweet story of friendship and the dedication of these volunteers. The realistic illustrations are done in gauche and the book concludes with a photo of the pair and some additional information.Recommended for non-fiction picture book collections.
ericarhenry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was such a fantastic book I'm going to go out and buy it before I forget. I read this with a 3rd grade class and most of them loved it. This is such a great book because it helped to teach the kids more about Hurricane Katrina and just how much it affected everyone. The book is about Bobby the dog and Bobcat the cat. They get left behind during the hurricane and don't get rescued. Finally, Bobby is able to break his chain and he and Bobcat set off in search of food and water. Bobcat always follows right behind Bobby's chain. They find a kind person who begins to feed them, but Bobby never lets him touch Bobcat. His boss tells him he can't keep them so he sets up a trap to take them to the shelter. When the shelter gets them, they are seperated, but they soon realize the two need each other. Then, they realize why. Bobcat is blind and Bobby acts as her seeing eye dog. They are able to set up an adoption to keep them together and it has a happy ending. The story is very well written and moving. The illustrations are fantastic and they are based on real photographs. This is a true story also. This is one I would recommend to anyone.
danusia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bobbie the dog and Bob the cat are abandoned in their home when hurricane katrina ravages their town. The animals struggle through hardships together, searching for food, struggling to survive when they are found by rescue workers and given a shelter. There it is discovered that Bob the cat is blind and that Bobbie the dog is her real life seeing eye dog. This is a true story of courage and animal bonding. Nice bit of current history for children who are unaware of Katrina's devastation. Seen through the eyes of pets, this gentle introduction will ease children into the realities of natural disasters. Illustrations realistic enough for the content of the book.
Michelle_Bales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two Bobbies tells the story of a dog and a cat that became friends while they struggled to survive Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in New Orleans. This story portrays the difficult situation in the city during and after Katrina accurately and is helpful in showing young children what it was like to live through Katrina in New Orleans. This is a heart-warming tale of the strength of the bonds that can be forged between members of two species, the tragedy that many animals faced after Katrina hit the city, and the lucky few who were rescued.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
***SPOILER ALERT*** As someone who frequently vacationed in the areas ravished by Hurricane Katrina, I have read several books on the devastation caused by this monstrous storm. None of them have touched me quite the way this story of Bobbi the dog and Bob Cat the cat has. Many residents were unable to take their pets with them to the shelters where they evacuated in the wake of the storm. Bobbi and Bob Cat were left behind to fend for themselves. Bobbi was apparently chained but eventually managed to break free. Bob Cat followed along. Eventually they are rescued by construction workers and eventually taken to a shelter where both animals insist on being together instead of separated. It soon becomes apparent that Bobbi has been serving as Bob Cat's seeing eye dog. Although the pair are never reunited with their owners, they do end up in a good home. It is a very touching story that is well-illustrated.
handrsnana More than 1 year ago
I bought these for my grandchildren aged 7 & 5. I loved it. What a great store of friendship, courage and hope. Would recommend to anyone who loves children.
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Lena188 More than 1 year ago
two bobbies is very sad but has love and friendship
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great book with awesome vocabulary