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Pioneer Cat

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  53 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Every pioneer girl should have a cat she takes with her on the Oregon Trail.

Nine-year-old Kate Purdy is traveling from Missouri to Oregon by wagon train, and she’s worried. She isn’t worried about how long the trip will be or the hardships she’ll have to suffer. She’s worried about Snuggs—the pretty little cat who took a shine to her and decided to come along for the ride,
Paperback, 64 pages
Published October 12th 1988 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 1988)
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Miss Amanda
gr 2-4 63pgs

9 year old Kate Purdy and her family are headed west on the Oregon Trail. Her mother said she could take only what would fit in the box she gave Kate. Kate decides to bring a cat she found since the cat fits in the box. But can she keep the cat a secret all the way to Oregon?
May 23, 2015 Megan rated it it was amazing
For a beginner reader, this was actually really good! So often the beginner reader stories are awful! This was a cute story, well written, and a wonderful introduction to historical fiction!
Melani Moore
Apr 17, 2015 Melani Moore rated it liked it
All the kids enjoyed listening to this while coloring.
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When the Purdys leave their home in Mississippi, Kate is upset about leaving her friend, Doris. Her heart-ache is greatly eased when Snuggs, the cat, befriends her in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Kate decides that she can't bear to leave Snuggs behind so she hides the cat in her trinket box. Still worried that her parents will find Snuggs, Kate asks Rosie Murphy, the girl in the wagon ahead of the Purdy's, to keep the cat for her. Everything goes well until the cat runs away during a buffalo stampede ...more
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Nine-year-old Kate Purdy is traveling with her family from Missouri to Oregon by wagon train. Despite the sadness to leave her best friend behind in her hometown, Kate has found a way to keep her occupied and entertained during the long trip. She is secretly bringing a stray cat she had found before departing Saint Joe. Overtime, she grows worried that her family will find out and force her to let it go, since pets are not allowed on the wagon train. She goes through a lot of trouble to
Tiffany Williams
May 04, 2014 Tiffany Williams rated it really liked it
This book was a great way to maintain the kids attention as they are learning about the Oregon trail. It tells a story of a little girl and the cat she sneaks along the ride to the west so while you are following their story you learn about the hardships and things that happened along the journey west.
Jul 14, 2013 Jewel rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. This kept my little one's attention and did an excellent job of telling about the many perils of the Oregon trail without making it too horrifying. A good beginning chapter book for young girls.
May 23, 2010 Trista rated it really liked it
A cute story about a girl who brings a cat along on the Oregon Trail- discusses some of the obstacles the overlanders faced on the trail.
Dec 06, 2011 Robin added it
Clara read this book during her rest time and then she narrated it while I wrote down her narration. She loved the book!
Feb 13, 2011 Dawn rated it liked it
A decent book for the reading level it was at for my literature circle group. Good background info for Oregon Trail!
Kayla D
May 08, 2008 Kayla D rated it it was ok
Easy read for young children. Demonstrates the value of good companionship in times of great change.
Apr 11, 2008 Lori rated it it was ok
My 1st grade daughter's book report book.
Jul 30, 2009 Kaulin rated it really liked it
I liked the buffalo part the best!
Jun 13, 2011 Madyson rated it really liked it
I like how Kate named the cat "Snuggs"!
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