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

Larson, Kirby (Author)
Nethery, Mary (Author)
Cassels, Jean (Illustrator)
Walker 2008. 32 pages
First published: 2008
ISBN: 9780802797544 (hardcover)
9780802736376 (e-book)
Original language: English
Dewey: 636
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

character, point of view, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This heartwarming story of friendship and survival is based on the true adventures of a dog called Bobbi and Bob Cat, whose New Orleans hometown is struck by Hurricane Katrina.

Named for their “bobbed” tails, the inseparable pair wind up roaming the streets of the devastated city until they are found and rescued. Before their adoption by a new family, they make a pit stop at a temporary shelter, where it is discovered that the cat is actually blind and that Bobbi has unknowingly been acting as his seeing-eye dog.

An evocative description of pre-flood New Orleans offers readers a taste of that vibrant world while setting the stage for the impending disaster: “New Orleans, on the mighty Mississippi, is a place many people and pets call home. Jamming with jazz and dressing up fancy for Mardi Gras, it bustled with life day and night.” Full bleed double-page paintings deftly illustrate the mutual loyalty and devotion between the animals, the backbone of the story.

Children will find a sensitive but realistic portrait of the damage, physical and emotional, caused by Katrina in 2005.

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    Talk about the power of friendship. How did the two Bobbies care for each other?

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    Write the story from the point of view of Bob Cat or Bobbi.

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    In groups of three, record a TV interview with the two Bobbies.

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    Write the script for the conversation between Bobbi and Bob Cat when they realize that their owners are not coming back.

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    Predict what the story is about by examining the front cover.

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    Talk about why the two Bobbies were not rescued. Do you think this is fair? How did Bobbi and Bob Cat get their names? What facts in the story foretell the ending?

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    Rewrite the story from the viewpoint of either Bobbi or Bob Cat.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Ethics and Religious Culture