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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
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Hardcover, 28 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Walker & Company (first published August 5th 2008)
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Rebecca
Nov 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Animal lovers, Owen and Mzee fans
Recommended to Rebecca 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.
Melki
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I snuffled and blubbered my way through this heartwarming story about Bob Cat and a dog named Bobbi who braved the flood ravaged streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. They somehow survived the elements for four long months before . . . well, you'll have to read it for yourself to find out.

You'll want to give your pet a hug when you're finished.
Eva Leger
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Susan
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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June
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Joan
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Ann
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So, you know it is a great book when reading it aloud to fourth grade, and you realize you are tearing up. And then you look up at the class and see a lot of red, teary eyes looking back at you. We all made it through and then talked about how we love our pets and how hard it had to be to leave them behind.

Sweet story
Laura
Feb 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Rylee/xxmoonwalkerxx
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book is so good i really like it
Peacegal
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Dolly
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Holly Mueller
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
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kim
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story of friendship and survival. Bob Cat and Bobbi Dog travel together after being stranded from Hurricane Katrina. Depending on each other, neither might not have survived the aftermath without the other, and the kindness of strangers. I love this story!
Kate Hastings
Oct 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!
Evelyn
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A lovely story. I shared this book with two classes and everyone enjoyed it. Read it, it will give you hope with the human experience.
Deborah Kline
Very touching and with a twist for an ending. EVERYONE is affected by a hurricane. Stick together and we can be fine. :)
Betsy
Dec 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Larson, Kirby and Mary Nethery Two Bobbies: A true story of Hurricane Katrina, friendship and survival, illustrated by Jean Cassels. Walker (Bloomsbury), 2008.

After Hurricane Katrina, a cat and a dog were found starving and wandering together through the debris. Their rescuers discovered a special secret about the pair and only a very special family would be the right kind of home for this pair. Communities affected by Hurricane Katrina will appreciate this story of hope, but animal lovers of a
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Addison Yancey
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is the very touching tale of two house pets who survive Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. They must survive, using each other as resources. The most amazing part of this story is that it is a true one!
In my class, I would use this story as a read aloud to model the Herringbone framework. This story leaves lots of opportunities for questions (who, what, when, how, why, where) that students could practice answering to discover the main idea. I would also use this story to discuss weathe
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Indiahardin68gmail.com
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love it
Julia Jasztal
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(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.
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Lauren Gibson
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Tarissa
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The tale of a friendship between a cat and a dog. A friendship forged and fortified through sacrifice and trials. Many pets became dislocated and separated from the families in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. So many never found their home. We get to experience the story of the Two Bobbies, and how they survived through the long days after the storm had passed, with no loving family to watch over them. It's a tale of survival and hope.
Catherine Kirk
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Dorothy Krombach
In New Orleans in 2005, people were forced to leave their homes because of Hurricane Katrina. Many were forced to leave behind their pets, including the owner of Bobbi (the dog) and Bob Cat. With all of the help after the storm rescuing both people and animals, they still missed the Two Bobbies. With all of their food and drink gone, Bobbi broke free and Bob Cat followed by her side to go find food and water. There were angry mobs of homeless dogs that would chase away the smaller animals and t ...more
Kieana Smith
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival, is definitely a tear jerker that reveals a friendship amongst a cat and dog that are inseparable. Based upon actually events, as Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans these two pets embark on a journey for a new home after their family leaves them in the ruins. Bobbi is the protector over Bobbi the cat leading Bobbi to safety due to blindness eventually they are discovered after being sent away from a construction site an
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Carolynn Wells
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3-5-literature
Historical Fiction

Bobbie and Bob Cat can teach students a very important lesson that they will hopefully remember for the rest of their lives. I would highly recommend reading this book in the beginning of third grade in order to help students make that transition into the upper grades as well as learning how to make life-long friendships.

Hurricane Katrina was a devastating storm that caused a lot of animals to have to be left behind by the families who needed to immediately evacuate their hous
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Valerie Jenkins
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Kirby Larson went from history-phobe to history fanatic while writing the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, HATTIE BIG SKY. Her passion for historical fiction is reflected in titles such as THE FENCES BETWEEN US, THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL, as well as the sequel to HATTIE BIG SKY, HATTIE EVER AFTER, and her two latest titles, DUKE--which was nominated for 5 state Young Reader Choice awards as well as being a fina ...more