Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival
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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.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Becky
Nov 10, 2008 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Animal lovers, Owen and Mzee fans
Recommended to Becky by: Evan
Awwwwww, geez! This was enough of a tearjerker without the twist at the end! The illustrations are wonderful (and the illustrator is from New Orleans); dog and cat faces are hard to get looking "right" when you are working in a realistic style, but these are perfect, right down to the two friends' contented expressions. Animal lovers, this book is for you.
Eva Leger
I saw this mentioned in a friends review of another book - Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends if I'm not mistaken - and I had to check it out. When I looked on-line at my local library I saw there was a DVD also so I ordered both. The DVD happened to already be at my library so I was able to check it out right away. (We're still waiting for the book.)
I'm so, so happy I saw my friends review mentioning this. This is as lovely as it is sad. And it has a happy ending! I...more
Joan
Jul 17, 2011 Joan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any animal lover, any child who has a disability or knows one with a disability.
Recommended to Joan by: June Krell
This charming story of interspecies friendship is a keeper. The cat and dog both survived Katrina after being abandoned by their owners. Eventually they were taken to a shelter and separated. Both animals threw fits. Finally they put them back together. After watching them together, they realized the cat was blind and the dog guided and protected the cat. Both, btw had bobbed tails which inspired their names.
Laura
A cat and dog separated from their owners help each other survive after Hurricane Katrina. As a librarian, I frequently read picture books. Once in several years, I will read a picture book that I just have to buy in spite of the fact that I have no small children. This book is one that I must have. Two Bobbies, is a wonderful TRUE story that touches people of all ages.
Susan
7-10.The heartwarming true story of the unlikely friendship between Bobbie the dog and Bob Cat the cat and their survival following Hurricane Katrina. The two are peas in a pod, and both without tails.



*spoilers*
Although likely embellished at times (because who knows the real truth), they are inseparable following the storm and roam the streets of New Orleans for several months because getting rescued by a construction worker who brings them to a shelter. Bobbie was chained during the storm, the...more
Peacegal
Two Bobbies is a wonderful true story that belongs on the top shelf of your humane education bookshelf.

The “Two Bobbies” are Bobbi, a dog, and Bob Cat, a cat, so named for their “bobbed” tails. The animals had been left homeless by Hurricane Katrina and had been roaming the devastated streets of New Orleans for an unknown period of time before being discovered and rescued. People who encountered the two were amazed by their devotion to each other—Bob Cat followed Bobbi everywhere, and Bobbi was...more
June
Nov 08, 2012 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: animal lovers
I am an absolute sucker for these across animal species friendship stories! Checking it out for my boys.

A story of a cat and dog who survive Hurricane Katrina together. Four months later a worker on a construction crew begins feeding them. He trims the dogs chain, but leaves some because the cat seems to like following it. After feeding them for a week, his boss tells him that he has to get rid of them. The dog won't let him touch the cat, but he lures them in the van with food. He takes them to...more
Dolly
Mar 02, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful story, at times heartwrenching, but overall, a tender story of love, companionship and survival. The story illustrates to a small extent how many beloved pets suffered greatly during the Hurricane Katrina disaster. So many pet owners were devastated to leave their pets behind, and some refused to evacuate without them, choosing to brave the flood rather than desert them.

This event changed the perspective of rescuing organizations, to the point that when I attended a class on...more
Holly
I picked this book up awhile ago and just got around to reading it. I'm so glad I did! It's a true story about two tailless pets, Bobbi the dog and Bob Cat the cat, who were left behind in Hurricane Katrina. Miraculously, the two survived months and were finally taken to a shelter where they were placed in separate rooms. As a result of the best friends' protests, the volunteers put them together where they were happy. It was discovered there that Bob Cat was blind - Bobbi had been his seeing-ey...more
Jill
My students loved this story! It is based on a true story of a cat and dog who are abandoned after Hurricane Katrina. If you can read this book without getting a huge lump in your throat-you're tougher than me.
Kate Hastings
Oct 08, 2008 Kate Hastings rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grades K-5 hurricane katrina dog cats friendship
This is the SWEETEST book ever about a dog and cat abandoned after New Orleans was evacuated for Hurricane Katrina. The dog and cat are BEST friends, and the dogs loyalty had my heart swelling and my eyes tearing.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Had I heard of these two at the time, I'd have been tempted to adopt them myself! An unusual, sad story with, fortunately, a very happy ending. Animal lovers everywhere will love this book!
Andy
A touching story about two friends in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. If this book doesn't engender an emotional response, you can't be human!
Deborah Kline
Very touching and with a twist for an ending. EVERYONE is affected by a hurricane. Stick together and we can be fine. :)
Patrick F.
I just finished the picture book the Two Bobbies by Kirby Larson, Jean Cassels, and Mary Nethery. The Two Bobbies story takes place post Hurricane Katrina, in the devastated city of New Orleans. The Two Bobbies is a true story about friendship and survival of Hurricane Katrina. Bobbie dog and Bob cat's owner was forced to leave them in New Orleans after the storm. All the Bobbies have left is each other. The Two Bobbies go on an adventure traveling from place to place, and from shelter to shelte...more
Clare
Jan 05, 2011 Clare rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Bobbie and Bob Cat have lived together since the very beginning, and they are the best of friends. They stay with each other through everything, and I mean everything. When Hurricane Katrina hits their town of New Orleans their owner is forced to leave the town, leaving the two friends behind. Read the rest of the story to figure out what the true meaning of friendship really is.
This book was bitter-sweet for me. I never liked the idea of animal cruelty, and I wish that it never happened. It wa...more
Catherine Kirk
Informational

This is the true story of a cat and a dog who lived in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. They are named Bobbi and Bob Cat because neither of them have a tail. Throughout the storm, they stay together through the winds and rain. Once the storm is over, they wander the streets searching for food and clean water. One day, a construction worker notices them and starts to feed them, but each time he tries to pet Bob Cat, Bobbi growls at him. Eventually, his boss tells him that he can...more
Lauren Gibson
I read the book Two Bobbies by Kirby Larson
SUMMARY: This book is about two unlikely friends. A cat and a dog that share a bond over being deserted by Hurricane Katrina. The cat is named Bob Cat and the dog is named Bobbie. They both seem to have no tails. These two animals are left to fend for themselves after their family desert them when the disaster hits. They then wonder around the city looking for shelter and food to try to survive. They get send to Best Friends Animal Shelter in the hopes...more
Julia Jasztal
(Mommy's review from 3/14/12)


I saw this mentioned in a friends review of another book - Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends if I'm not mistaken - and I had to check it out. When I looked on-line at my local library I saw there was a DVD also so I ordered both. The DVD happened to already be at my library so I was able to check it out right away. (We're still waiting for the book.)
I'm so, so happy I saw my friends review mentioning this. This is as lovely as it is sad....more
Valerie Jenkins
I had read many books in the last two months, and this book is on the top of my list as being the best of the best. The authors Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery's story is about two different creatures who learned how to depend on each other to survived Katrina. Although they were different as night and day, but because of cruel harshness of Katrina, they learn how to put their differences aside and pull together to depend on each other. They had one common element that they shared together, and it...more
Emily Sisco
Audience: Primary
Genre: nonfiction, animal biography
Pre-reading Strategy: Anticipation Guide

Before class make an anticipation guide. The guide will have four statements in one column, agree/disagree in the second column, page # in the third column, were you right? in the fourth column, and the last column a reflection space. The four true/false statements for "Two Bobbies" will be Bob cat and Bobbie are from New Orleans, Bob Cat was chained to a porch, Bobbie and Bob Cat were in a shelter that u...more
Sarah Sammis
The events of Hurricane Katrina and its effects on New Orleans are still fresh in my mind. I've only been to the city once and it was a business trip. I spent most of my time behind stage at the Convention Center and would have to walk back to my hotel every night because the roads were blocked for the various Mardigras parades. The walking helped me get a sense of the geography and architecture (at least for the corner of the city I was in).

Disasters and recoveries have many stories associated...more
Betsy
Children's authors have commonly found that the only way to really write about a huge recent disaster for small tykes without irreparably scarring them for life is to find some kind of human-interest story to focus on. When 9/11 happened it was The Man Who Walked Between the Towers that ended up being the best picture book to make reference to the tragedy, and it didn't even talk about it all that much! Similar books like Fireboat and September Roses made their focus a boat and a delivery of flo...more
Mandy
I don't normally rate children's books, but after this book had me in tears while I was reading it to Maddie, I had to share with my friends. What a heartwarming story about two pets that survived Hurricane Katrina together. Their story of survival and the fact that they were adopted by a woman who had two Boston Terriers to keep them company had the tears rolling down my face. To all of my friends with children or to all the pet lovers, I recommend checking this out!
Tiffany Wideman
Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurrican Katrina, Friendship, and Survival is a story about a cat and dog who survive hurricane Katrina with each other. Even when separated towards the end they find themselves back together. This story was really a good story and teaches the important concept of friendship. However, I wouldn't only use this book to teach friendship I would use it to teach adjectives. This book could serve as a great read aloud and would allow students to be able to pick out the des...more
Amanda
This is the story of a cat and a dog who survive Hurricane Katrina together and eventually end up getting adopted together. I thought that this was a great information picture book for younger readers to educate them about Hurricane Katrina. The illustrations were also very well done and looked reminiscent of all of the photographs of the destruction in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The story of a cat and a dog who survived the hurricane together is a wonderful way to share information ab...more
Sarita Rucker
It is a true story about a cat and a dog who survived Hurricane Katrina, and who were abandoned by their family when the hurricane hit. The cat is Bob Cat, and the dog is Bobbi. They both have bobbed tails which is how they earned their nickname "the Bobbies."

Not only is it an animal story, it's also a story about friendship. Bob Cat sticks close to Bobbi, and Bobbi is very protective of Bob Cat. In fact, if it weren't for Bobbi's protection, Bob Cat probably wouldn't have survived long enough f...more
Myriam
I found this book in NOLA while on vacation. This is based on a true story of a cat and dog the bonded during Hurricane Katrina. The story is very touching and the pictures illustrate the setting and feelings of that unfortunate incident in our history. It is a bit long to read aloud to a first grade class, but one-on-one and a bit older students are sure to enjoy the story. So will adults.
Laura Osborn
Audience: The audience for this book would primarily be early grades, just because it is a picture book. However, intermediate teachers could use this book to introduce a variety of subject matter such as weather, history,animal life, and guidance units on friendship, survival or disabilities.

Appeal: The younger children who read/listened to this story would definitely be engrossed in this book by the animals. A dog and cat who are friends would surely be enticing to younger students.
Older stud...more
Betsie Johnson
INFORMATIONAL PICTURE BOOK

This is a true story about Bobbi & Bob Cat, a dog and a cat who lived in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. They were abandoned at their home, and wandered around the streets of New Orleans for four months until they were found by a construction crew. A member of the crew brought them to an animal shelter, and the volunteers discovered that Bob Cat was blind, and Bobbi had been her seeing eye dog the whole time! The pair appeared on national television, and ado...more
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Kirby Larson went from history-phobe to history fanatic thanks to a snippet of a story about her great-grandmother homesteading in eastern Montana. That bit of family lore inspired her to write HATTIE BIG SKY, a young adult historical novel, which won a 2007 Newbery Honor Award and Montana Book Award.

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