Friday, March 12, 2010
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
Ranger is an old hound dog. He used to hunt with his owner, Gar Face, until the day Gar Face shot him in the leg. Now he is chained to the front porch where he suffers whatever abuse Gar Face gives him. When a beautiful calico cat comes out of the swamp and becomes his friend he is happy but also worried for her safety. And when she has two kittens the dog and cat do everything they can to keep their family safe. Woven throughout the story of the dog and cats is another story of an ancient water moccasin with magical abilities who is just waiting to take revenge on those she feels have hurt her.