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Hannah and Jack by Mary Nethery
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Hannah and Jack

by Mary Nethery

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This book is about the bond between a girl and her pet cat. The girl is sad that she cannot bring her cat with her, but finds a way to keep in touch with her cat. This book is about friendship and family, and how they are all important. ( )
  S.Hackett | Aug 24, 2017 |
I liked this book for many reasons. First, I really enjoyed the language throughout this book. The language was very descriptive, for example on the first page the author describes the cat with "eyes were big as copper pennies," "fur smelled like warm gingerbread," and "nose whistled when he purred." This allows the reader to really imagine what the young girl saw her cat as. Second, the illustrations throughout the story go perfectly along with the words allowing the reader to picture what is being written in the story, which would allow a young reader to read the story and understand what is happening even if they were not able to read every single word in the book. Last, the author made the characters in the story very believable. The story is about a young girl, Hannah, who is best friends with her cat, Jack. They do everything together until Hannah goes on a vacation and is not able to bring Jack along. She is very upset and when she is gone, she misses Jack very much and thinks that Jack will think that she will forget about him. For young readers reading this book, they could relate very well to Hannah if they have had to leave a pet behind for some amount of time. The main message throughout this book is the friendship shown between Jack and Hannah. ( )
  kblanc2 | Mar 13, 2017 |
Hannah is a child whose best friend is her cat, Jack. She plays with toys with Jack, goes to the park with Jack, and even reads bedtime stories with Jack, but one day Hannah goes on vacation and has to leave Jack behind. When she is on vacation everything reminds her of Jack. Her father asked her " Listen to the birds in the mountains"(p.7), Hannah responds "Jack likes birds"(p.7). To cheer Hannah up her grandma takes her out to the circus and teaches her how to send postcards in the mail to Jack to let Jack know she is thinking about him. Jack responds by sending a postcard back telling Hannah not to worry and he is doing fine.Hannah develops by realizing her cat can be on his own and friendships become stronger when you spend time apart. When Hannah gets home to Jack they have a party together and she brings Jack an entire cupcake for him to eat all by himself. ( )
  twalsh | Mar 4, 2016 |
Hannah and Jack was an adorable book about the friendship between a cat and a little girl. This book would be very relatable to young children who have beloved pets. Although there is not much of an interesting plot, the writing of this book would help younger readers practice reading dialogue between characters. The pictures would also be engaging because it shows the main character playing with her cat and the cat interacting (with somewhat personified facial expressions). This book would help readers to understand and cope with leaving pets and other loved ones behind and that it is okay to be separated. The main character finds comfort in writing letters to her cat, and even receives a pretend letter back to her, which shows readers how in close relationships you can keep up with one another even if you are not always together. The main purpose of this book is to demonstrate that in true friendships you do not always need to be together to maintain a relationship. ( )
  Sulick1 | Apr 25, 2014 |
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While vacationing with Gramma, Hannah finds a way to stay in touch with her best friend, Jack, the cat.

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