We’d like to say that all those still struggling from the effects of Hurricane Matthew are in our prayers.
Connor here for Mancat Monday. Today I’m going to tell you about a book me and Mama read. It had a cat in it! The cat wasn’t a main character, but he was definitely an important character.
It’s called “The War That Saved My Life,” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
We started reading it Friday night and stayed up past midnight into Sunday morning to finish it.
Mama cried in some places. But I sat near her feet at her reading chair, and that seemed to make her feel better. When I do that, she reaches down and pets me and tells me how much she loves me. *a little embarrassed*
In the book, these two kids, Ada and Jamie, are living in London in 1939. Their mother is very mean. She hits the children and says awful things to them. She never lets Ada leave their flat because she has what’s called a clubfoot and is ashamed of having a “cripple” for a daughter.
That’s terrible! Didn’t she know that differently abled people and animals need love? That all of us need love?
Mama says I’m digressing.
So Ada and Jamie are evacuated to the country in England to keep them safe from any bombs in London. They stay with a really nice lady named Susan.
Jamie is 6 years old, and one day he comes home with a raggedy looking cat and says he’s going to keep him. He’s already named him Bovril, which is a name of a drink Susan makes the kids drink every night. We had never heard of Bovril, so Mama looked it up and, according to Wikipedia, it’s a meaty substance that can be mixed with hot water or milk to make a drink.
Susan says to put Bovril outside because he has fleas. But Jamie takes him upstairs and gives him a bath.
Then this is the important part: Bovril sleeps with Jamie every night. Jamie had been having a hard time adjusting to a new place and new things and to being around a nice woman when he’s not used to it. With Bovril, he sleeps much better and feels better. He loves Bovril, and Bovril loves him.
Mama and me were not surprised, of course, that a cat can help people like that.
So you don’t hear a lot about Bovril, but he is very, very important to Jamie. This made Mama cry but feel good at the same time. Is that strange?
If this book sounds interesting to you, be sure to read it. Have a great week!