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The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
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The Underneath (2008)

by Kathi Appelt

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Beautiful poetic prose that captures the setting and describes the characters emotions. ( )
  janmilusich | Apr 21, 2018 |
Loved this book by Appelt! The story begins with a mother cat looking for a place to have her kittens. She wanders into the wrong part of the swamp but has no choice but to have her kittens under an old house. Fortunately, she meets a nice hound dog who is tied to the house by a long metal chain. The story weaves in and out, juxtaposing current and past events to bring the story to a truly amazing climax by the end of the book. Great read-aloud for kids in upper elem! I recommend it to any parent looking for something other than vampires and zombies for their children to read. ( )
  aarchamb | Mar 22, 2018 |
From the juvenile fiction department, a most remarkable book. One I'm sure my own daughter would have loved, but which might be a little intense for the average 10-year-old. (Then again, what do I know about the average 10-year-old these days?) It is the story of a pair of orphaned kittens and a chained-up old hound dog, all living in The Underneath of a tilted decrepit house occupied by the soulless trapper, Gar Face. It is also the marvelous, mystical story of ancient shape-shifters--Hawk Man, Night Song, Grandmother Moccasin--and how a thousand years disappear to bring all these creatures together. It's about love and loyalty, cruelty and pain, sorrow and promises, and finally, love again. About two thirds of the way through, it needed some editing; there were a number of sections that served only to bring one of the characters back to our attention, without moving the story along. But the last 40 pages or so were as suspenseful and satisfying as anything I have ever read.
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  laytonwoman3rd | Dec 6, 2017 |
A fantasy novel about an abandoned calico cat, her two kittens, and a lonely chained up dog. Together they live in the Underneath tucked away from cold-hearted Gar Face until one ill-fated day when Puck ventures out into the yard. This decision sets into motion a series of events that involves a variety of real and enchanted creatures. ( )
  MotherGoose10 | Nov 21, 2017 |
I thought the book was pretty good. It's about a hound dog and a calico cat that become friends. The cat has two kittens, and they become a little family. There is alot of mystical elements to the story with some history of the Caddo Indians as well. Your heart really goes out to these poor animals that have been unloved and abandoned by society. ( )
  Verkruissen | Jul 8, 2017 |
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For Greg and Cynthia, because there is love and then there are cats, and aren't the two the same

—K.A.
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There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road.
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"For cats, Ahound is a natural enemy"
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An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.

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