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A good book for young readers ... Nancy Murray is to be commended for taking such a tragic episode in American history and presenting it in a gentle but meaningful way for young readers

Midwest Book Review - Reviewers Choice, October 2007

By Robyn Gioia "Children's Book Reviewer" - author of America's REAL First Thanksgiving

Gullah the cat had no idea what kind of havoc a hurricane could bring. In fact, he didn't even listen when his mother warned him the family was leaving and the cats would be left behind in the house. And mother specifically said don't go out that night. But go out he did, straight to Pirate's Alley.

"The little cat hadn't gone very far before he sensed something was not quite right. No Music. There was no music in New Orleans. No jazz, nobody singin' the blues. Now, that was strange. There was always music in New Orleans and Gullah loved to sing along."

That was when things started happening. The rain came down in sheets, the wind roared in anger, and things started flying up off the ground. Katrina in her full force was upon them. From there, Gullah experiences the hopelessness of a devastating storm and the ray of light that comes with hope. The story telling is expressive and engaging and will easily interest young children. Full page, full color, eye-catching, kid-friendly paintings add to Gullah's heart warming journey. The artist, having experienced Katrina first hand, drew all sixteen illustrations from inside a FEMA travel trailer. Author, Nancy Murray is to be commended for taking such a tragic episode in American history and presenting it in a gentle but meaningful way for young readers.

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