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Whittington by Alan W. Armstrong
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Whittington (2005)

by Alan W. Armstrong

Other authors: S. D. Schindler (Illustrator)

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There are two parallel stories here: one is about a stray cat who finds a new home in the barn of a kindly farmer, and how the cat and the other animals help the farmer's grandson learn how to read. The other is a story-within-a-story, told by the cat about his ancestor, who was the pet of Dick Whittington, the famous London trader.
Both tales are well told and complement each other nicely, and all the characters are the root-for-from-the-start sort. Recommended. ( )
  electrascaife | May 13, 2018 |
This is one of those Newbery Honor books that just makes me say, "Why?"
There are three stories in this book. One is the story of a stray cat, Whittington, who joins a bunch of barnyard animals in a barn. The second is the story of two children, grandchildren of the owner of the barn and the animals. The children go to the barn regularly and talk to the animals. (The children can understand the animals talking and vice versa.) The boy struggles with dyslexia and is fighting to pass his grade. The third story is a tale that Whittington tells to the other animals and the children - the story of Dick Whittington, a boy who lived in medieval England, and had a cat, who was Whittington's great-great ever so great grandmother.
The Dick Whittington tale the cat tells is OK, though nothing spectacular. The dyslexic boy story and the talking barnyard animals stories are just rather dull. And worst of all, the three stories have virtually nothing to do with each other. There is a little smidge of Dick inspiring the boy to learn to read, but it's a stretch to be sure. ( )
  fingerpost | Apr 24, 2018 |
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. ( )
  EdenSteffey | Mar 14, 2018 |
This is a fun tale filled with adventure about a merchant boy from medieval times named Dick Wittington and his famous cat--a ratter of high repute--and their voyages together from London to North Africa to the Near East, told by the cat's descendant. It's also the tale of some current-day barnyard friends and how they give courage to a young boy named Ben for how to overcome challenges with learning how to read.

Fifth graders might read this and make their own decisions about the choices Dick Wittington is faced with. Might they choose the same path as he did? or would they be less adventurous and more cautious?

An enjoyable book for sure, and one that brings some history alive too. ( )
  AlbertPascal | Feb 16, 2018 |
The chapters in this book are short, about 4 or 5 pages front and back. It has personification with the talking animals which will allow me to introduce many literary terms in a lesson for students to be tested on. This could include simile, metaphor, and many others. It tells a story of a grandfather who has a barn and his grandchildren go to visit and to feed the animals. As the story goes on Ben, the grandson, is going to start being tutored in reading by Abby, his sister and the gradaughter. The owner of the barn, Bernie, has an unexpected vistor however that tells the children stories of a boy born into poverty in rural England during black death who runs away to England. While he is there, there is much opportunity and excitement and he has great fortune given to him by the cat. The cat who visited the barn is the one telling the story. ( )
  jennabushong | Mar 14, 2016 |
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Armstrong, Alan W.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schindler, S. D.Illustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. -Hebrews 13:2
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For Carol and Ernie, Al, the barn folks, and Ben and Abby.
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She was the ugliest duck he'd ever seen, purplish black with splotches of white on her wings, red wart skin around the neck, a pink bill.
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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.

Contents:

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.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375828656, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:11 -0400)

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Whittington, a feline descendant of Dick Whittington's famous cat of English folklore, appears at a rundown barnyard plagued by rats and restores harmony while telling his ancestor's story.

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