Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because this is an awesome story based on real-life that shows how great friendship can be.
Genre- Realistic Fiction/based on a true story
Opening and Synopsis-
“My name is Bob and I am a street cat. Shall I tell you my story? Then come with me…”
Bob is a homeless, injured kitty. He had a nice home but then lost it. He wanders around trying to find a friend, but no one will pay any attention to him. One day he sees a man who looked like he needed a friend too. The man helped Bob and Bob helped the man. They are now the best of friends.
Why I liked this book- Here is another story where the back story is as good as the book itself. Mr. Bowen has written an adult book, his memoir about how he and Bob met, called “A Street Cat Named Bob”. In it he tells that he was homeless and addicted to drugs, but caring for Bob made him think of someone besides himself. He helped Bob and Bob helped him. Mr. Bowen wrote another book called “For the Love of Bob” which is a children’s book (middle-grade level) summarizing his memoir. In “My Name is Bob”, the story is retold as a picture book, but from Bob’s point of view. This was a very well-written story! It has an interesting, innocent feel to it. In the book, Bob never said that Mr. Bowen was homeless or addicted to drugs, he just saw a person who looked like he needed a friend. The illustrations by Mr. Kelley are beautiful images that really go with the whole feel of the story. Have a look!
Isn’t that great? The book is based on a true story. It’s not what actually happened to Bob (until he meets Mr. Bowen) but what Mr. Bowen thinks what may have happened to Bob before he came into his life.
The story shows the power of caring for pets and friendship. The story is awesome. I think I would like to meet Mr. Bowen and Bob. 🙂
Activities and Resources-
Here is Mr. Bowen reading an excerpt from “My Name is Bob” to Bob. 🙂
I saw a short documentary about Mr. Bowen and Bob and in it Mr. Bowen said he wanted people to not just look past a homeless person. I found a fact and lesson plan for young kinds at the NationalHomeless.org website. Click HERE to go to it. It goes over what homelessness is and is good for helping young kids to understand who it happens to and why it may happen and what you can do.
Invite a therapy pet into the classroom or learn more about the power of pets in people’s lives. There is a ton of information about therapy pets at PetPartners.org (click HERE) and how to be a therapy volunteer with your pet.
Like The Street Cat Bob on Facebook HERE.
Check out all of Mr. Bowen’s Bob books on his Amazon page HERE.