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Gullah, The Nawleans Cat Meets Katrina


By Nancy H. Murray, Illustrated by Sandy L. Ford
ISBN:  978-0-9793637-0-2 (paperback)
Ages 6-12, fully illustrated, 32 pages, $12.95

Mistakes can be made. How is a French Quarter, black cat to know Katrina is not a girl cat after all? And if every cloud has a silver lining, does every storm have its shining moments? While adult books chronicle the darker side of Hurricane Katrina, Hart Street Publishers fills the gap in children’s literature with a picture story book bright with hope.

Gullah, The Nawleans Cat Meets Katrina, part-whimsy, part-reality, is the story of a mischievous cat caught in America’s worst natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina. Florida author Nancy Murray says she wrote the story because the littlest of victims, the children and animals, deserve a book uniquely their own.

Because Katrina left behind such sadness and destruction, Gullah is the book with a joyous Mardi Gras spirit that wants to rebuild the Gulf Coast. For this reason a portion of all sales will be donated to credible Katrina relief organizations. Groups wishing to use the book as personal fundraisers will receive a discount.

Gullah, is a tale with a twist, triple in appeal and intent on its mission. Besides entertaining, teaching and inspiring the young, “grown-up” lovers of New Orleans will find the book’s illustrations and rich cultural, musical and culinary heritage sparks an irresistible nostalgia.

Evacuees forced to leave their cherished pets behind when storms threaten, will find Gullah’s story enhances the credibility of legislation that will allow animals to be sheltered with owners.     

Both author and artist have experienced hurricanes, Nancy Murray in her home state of Florida and Sandy Ford in Mississippi. The Gulf coast artist lavishes her extraordinary talents upon the book with gloriously brilliant watercolor illustrations. Sandy, who lost her home and studio to Katrina’s wrath, created all sixteen paintings in a FEMA travel trailer where she has been living for seventeen months.

“If history can be poured into a tea cup, the words and images that mix fact with fantasy in Gullah’s story are the perfect brew,” says Nancy. “As Kitchey-Gee tells Gullah, ‘Yo might as well sing grief as cry it.’ We are two women with a storm behind us that aim to do just that, only it’ll be a song of recovery!”

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