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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (783 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Armstrong Narrator: Joel Rook Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 2/9/2014

    " i loved this book, even though it is told by a cat about a cat and his boy. gives a real sense of what living in a barn is like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rosa | 2/2/2014

    " Our local Waldenbooks closed down. I got this book for a song. I wasn't familiar with the story, but I will read this to my children. A wonderful, heartwarming story about a cat and his interactions with the barn animals and the two children who take care of them. It is a short read (and Newbery Honor) with a happy and satifying ending. Recommended for ALL animal lovers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melanie | 2/1/2014

    " Entertaining and informative but lacking je ne sais quoi. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Eden Steffey | 1/30/2014

    " I really liked the story about Dick Whittington and his cat, but thought that there were parts in the story that unnecessary and moved kind of slow. "

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