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Bimmi finds a cat
by Elisabeth J. Stewart ; illustrated by James E. Ransome.
Contributor biographical information
Publisher description
New York : Clarion Books, c1996.
33 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.


An eight-year-old Creole boy on Galveston Island grieves the death of his cat Crabmeat, but when another lost cat leads him to a new friend he starts to heal.

Reading Measurement Programs:

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Lower Grade
Book Level 3.8
Accelerated Reader Points 0.5

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
Lexile Measure 710

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 5
Title Point Value 2
Lexile Measure 0


Carolyn Phelan (Booklist, October 15, 1996 (Vol. 93, No. 4))
A Creole boy living on Galveston Island in the Gulf of Mexico, Bimmi goes out looking for his cat, Crabmeat, and finds him lying dead beside a coconut palm. Later, as he sits crying over his loss, another little cat comes up and befriends him. Naming her Kitty-Louise, Bimmi takes her home. When he realizes that someone may be missing her as much as he misses Crabmeat, Bimmi looks for Kitty-Louise's owner. His search brings an unexpected reward. The occasional use of Creole dialect may trip up younger readers, but the rhythmic, colloquial speech reads aloud well within the tautly written text. Each turn of the page brings another full-page (occasionally double-page) illustration. These beautifully crafted oil paintings interpret the settings, characters, and emotions with dignity. Category: Middle Readers. 1996, Clarion, $14.95. Gr. 3-4, younger for reading aloud.

Meredith Kiger, Ph.D. (Children's Literature)
This is a lovely, sensitive story of the loss of a pet cat and its meaning to its young owner named Bimmi. Set in a coastal village on the Gulf of Mexico, its languid prose interspersed with Creole dialect and accompanied by brilliantly painted illustrations transports the reader to another culture. When Bimmi finds another cat and attempts to return it to its owner, he is rewarded in a way he had not expected. 1996, Clarion Books, $14.95. Ages 7 to 10.


Lost and found possessions--Fiction.
Galveston Island (Tex.)--Fiction.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.S848795 Bi 1996
94012780 [Fic]
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