Whittington

Whittington

eBook - 2009
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The power of reading is beautifully captured in this 2006 Newbery Honor-winning book. Bernie keeps a barn full of animals the rest of the world has no use for--two retired trotters, a rooster, some banty hens, and a Muscovy duck with clipped wings who calls herself The Lady. When the cat called Whittington shows up one day, it is to the Lady that he makes an appeal to secure a place in the barn. The Lady's a little hesitant at first, but when the cat claims to be a master ratter, that clinches it. Bernie' s orphaned grandkids, Abby and Ben, come to the barn every day to help feed the animals. Abby shares her worry that Ben can't really read yet and that he refuses to go to Special Ed. Whittington and the Lady decide that Abby should give Ben reading lessons in the barn. It is a balm for Ben when, having toughed out the daily lesson, Whittington comes to tell, in tantalizing installments, the story handed down to him from his nameless forebearer, Dick Whittington's cat--the legend of the lad born into poverty in rural England during the Black Death, who runs away to London to seek his fortune. This is an unforgettable tale about how learning to read saves one little boy. It is about the healing, transcendent power of storytelling and how, if you have loved ones surrounding you and good stories to tell, to listen to, and to read, you have just about everything of value in this world. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Random House Children's Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780307425300
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc
Summary: The power of reading is beautifully captured in this 2006 Newbery Honor-winning book. Bernie keeps a barn full of animals the rest of the world has no use for--two retired trotters, a rooster, some banty hens, and a Muscovy duck with clipped wings who calls herself The Lady. When the cat called Whittington shows up one day, it is to the Lady that he makes an appeal to secure a place in the barn. The Lady's a little hesitant at first, but when the cat claims to be a master ratter, that clinches it. Bernie' s orphaned grandkids, Abby and Ben, come to the barn every day to help feed the animals. Abby shares her worry that Ben can't really read yet and that he refuses to go to Special Ed. Whittington and the Lady decide that Abby should give Ben reading lessons in the barn. It is a balm for Ben when, having toughed out the daily lesson, Whittington comes to tell, in tantalizing installments, the story handed down to him from his nameless forebearer, Dick Whittington's cat--the legend of the lad born into poverty in rural England during the Black Death, who runs away to London to seek his fortune. This is an unforgettable tale about how learning to read saves one little boy. It is about the healing, transcendent power of storytelling and how, if you have loved ones surrounding you and good stories to tell, to listen to, and to read, you have just about everything of value in this world. From the Hardcover edition.

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BradyRhys
Apr 26, 2013

This is a great story to read for students because it shows the power of courage to overcome difficult obstacles. It also shows readers the importance of friendship and paints a nice portrait of humanity. Good read.

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jazmjoh
Mar 10, 2013

This book consist of three stories in one. The readers are able to enjoy multiples point of views that interconnect into one big story. The time period of the book was the 14th century and connects humans with talking animals. This book is for people who loves cats. I would say that the movement from one story to the next was confusing and ended strangely. Alot of the information seems to be based off true facts and legends of some sort. I don't recommend this book if you aren't able to handle thing from the modern time period. The things the readers of a younger age may be exposed to when reading the book are: A young boy is wounded with a knife, the smoking of cigars, a chicken is killed by rats and children drinking beer. These things happened during that time period.

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Ms_Silva
Oct 23, 2012

Fabulous! Expertly woven together. A warm, wonderful tale!

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awake88
Apr 03, 2009

this feline restore harmony on the earth while he talks to the world about his familys desandent

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BradyRhys
Apr 26, 2013

BradyRhys thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13

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jazmjoh
Mar 10, 2013

jazmjoh thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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awake88
Apr 03, 2009

awake88 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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BradyRhys
Apr 26, 2013

Whittington is a combination of animal fantasy and a family story with a retelling of an Old English folktale. A battered cat who is taken in by a barn full of animals retells an old folktale during a big snowstorm that traps them indoors. The children and animals absorb the tale of good fortune resulting in one of the children overcoming their reading obstacle, dyslexia.

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jazmjoh
Mar 10, 2013

This book is about a cat that goes by Whittington who arrives at a Bernie's barn where there are other abandoned animals that no one wants. Lady, the animal in charge finally approves because he is Master Ratter. Abby and Ben are children who feed the animals and Ben had dyslexia. Lady and Whittington help Abby to help her brother with his dyslexia.whittington tells a story that was passed down to him in bits and peices that help Ben understand how reading can save a boy

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Ms_Silva
Oct 23, 2012

Ben can't read but loves spending time in the barn with big sis Abby and all of the animals. Abby helps Ben read, then cat Whittington tells old tale of Dick Whittington. Expertly woven together. Maps of voyage included.

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BradyRhys
Apr 29, 2013

"In the reign of the famous King Edward III"

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jazmjoh
Mar 10, 2013

"'I want to be part of the talking. If I'd snick in, the chickens would have been afraid and maybe you too. I didn't want that. I want friends.'" Ibid, Whittington, p. 6

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