Two Bobbies (Hardcover)

A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival

By Kirby Larson, Mary Nethery, Jean Cassels (Illustrator)

Walker & Company, 9780802797544, 28pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2008

List Price: 17.99*
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Fall 2008 Kids' List

“The touching true story of Bob and Bobbi, a cat and dog who join forces to survive Hurricane Katrina. How wonderful to find an age-appropriate, moving, beautifully drawn story that brings this national tragedy back into our consciousness.”
— Karen Maeda Allman, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
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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? This remarkable true story of devotion and survival is a testament to the spirit that defined post-Katrina rescue missions, and is a perfect way to commemorate the this day in history.

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. www.kirbylarson.comMARY 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.