Alan W. Armstrong is the editor of Forget Not Mee & My Garden, a collection of the letters of Peter Collinson, the eighteenth century mercer and amateur botanist who served as a model for Dick's benefactor.
Whittington meets the lady -- The animals in the barn -- Bernie and how he got the horses -- Abby and Ben meet the horses -- The lady tells the barn about Whittington -- The animals tell Whittington about themselves -- Havey and the cat's surprise -- The last day for baths -- The lady asks Whittington to tell his story -- The man Whittington named himself after -- Dick's dream -- Dick goes to London -- Dick arrives in London -- The boy goes to work for Fitzwarren -- Ben's first reading lesson in the barn -- Blackie arrives -- Dick meets his cat -- Out with the owls -- Spooker is sick -- Ben's reading -- To Africa on the Unicorn -- The registered letter -- Ben's school principal visits the Texaco -- Reading recovery -- Dick sees a beautiful girl in black -- Two newcomers join the barn -- Dick's cat returns -- A hawk attacks the lady -- Ben goes to reading recovery and meets Miss O'Brian -- The cat's operation -- Dick meets Will Price again -- Willy the goat's surprise -- Dick sees the girl in black again -- Marker raids the barn -- Dick decides on the dangerous voyage -- Ben's decision -- A token for Mary -- Gent arrives -- A rescue -- Dick's cat is lost at sea -- Mary -- Ben's triumph -- Life in the barn continues -- The last warm afternoon of Autumn.
Whittington is a roughneck Tom who arrives one day at a barn full of rescued animals and asks for a place there. He spins for the animals—as well as for Ben and Abby, the kids whose grandfather does the rescuing—a yarn about his ancestor, the nameless cat who brought Dick Whittington to the heights of wealth and power in 16th-century England. This is an unforgettable tale about the healing, transcendent power of storytelling, and how learning to read saves one little boy.
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