The UnderneathPaperback - 2010
There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road.
A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep in the backwaters of the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest, and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. They are an unlikely pair, about to become an unlikely family. Ranger urges the cat to hide underneath the porch, to raise her kittens there because Gar-Face, the man living inside the house, will surely use them as alligator bait should he find them. But they are safe in the Underneath...as long as they stay in the Underneath.
Kittens, however, are notoriously curious creatures. And one kitten's one moment of curiosity sets off a chain of events that is astonishing, remarkable, and enormous in its meaning. For everyone who loves Sounder, Shiloh, and The Yearling, for everyone who loves the haunting beauty of writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Flannery O'Connor, and Carson McCullers, Kathi Appelt spins a harrowing yet keenly sweet tale about the power of love -- and its opposite, hate -- the fragility of happiness and the importance of making good on your promises.
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This award-winning story, set in the bayou, treads into the magical as a cat and a dog form an unlikely bond in fear of the man called Gar-Face.
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"Ranger watched over his cat family like pharaohs watched over the Nile, like the stars watched over the sleeping earth, like the beach watches over the sea."
"There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for awhile, and then abandoned on the side of the road."
"Ranger. That was the hound's name. He loved the calico cat straightaway. But he knew he had to alert her to the danger she was in."
"If you walked into this old and forgotten forest, you would know they did not return to the tilted house with its yard of bones and skins, gone now.....".
"Humans are designed to be with other humans, even those with mixed blood. They need each other's laughter. They require each other's sorrows."
"Do not leave the safety of the Underneath! Do not, under any circumstances, go out into the Open"
"Any other person would have felt sorry, so sorry, for an accident like this. But Gar Face was not another person"
A snake who has lived in a jar for a thousand years knows something about hunger. She has been hungry for all that time. And now, just beneath her, on a lower branch, sat a small grey cat...
IN THE UNDERNEATH the calico cat felt a sudden electric charge zip right threw her. She sat up. Wrong was everywhere. She looked around. Found Ranger astir. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Found Sabine, fur electrified. Wrong. Something was wrong. She looked again. Where was Puck?
No no no!
She heard him cry.
No no no!
She bounded to the edge of the Underneath just in time to see her baby lifted into the air by Gar Face.
No no no!
Lifted by the scruff of his neck. She saw his terrified face, saw the bottom of his tiny paws swinging in the air.
"No, no, no," she cried.
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One day a pregnent calico cat meets a old hound named Ranger. Ranger has a mean owner named Garface that chained him up to a fence after a hunting mastake. Eventually the cat has kittens named Puck and Sabine. This family of animals lives under Garfaces deck or as the kittens call it the "Underneath". The kittens aren't allowed to leave the "Underneath" because Garface wants to use them as alligator. One day while everyone was sleeping Puck decides to leave the "Underneath" and get capures by Garface. Garface puts Puck on the other side of a giant river. Will puck ever see his family again? We he surive all alone?
This is a heart felt story about a companionship between a hound dog (Ranger) and a Calico cat and her kittens. This unlikely pair become a family while struggling to survive underneath the house of their owner Gar Face. It is a beautiful story with an unexpected ending but a great book to read that will leave you in tears.
The Underneath is a about a pregnant cat who becomes friends with a dog, Ranger, which is unlikely because those two species are suppose to not get along. The Ranger advises the cat to hide underneath the porch to birth her kittens. Gar Face, the man that lives in the house is abusive toward animals so the kittens need not to get caught. Eventually the cat and the kittens are discovered and GarFace tries to use them as bait. The son is determined to save his mom and and sister, even though all of them don't make it.
"The Underneath" is about a Dog named Ranger and a pregnant cat, and her kittens. The Dog has been held captive and abused by her owner, as she crouches under the old house, the abandoned cat comes and hides under the house with her. As the cat has her kittens, they try to protect each other from the Dog's evil owner. The story is suspenseful and a great read.
The Underneath is about a dog-Ranger who is shot in the leg and held captive by his owner for protection. The owner, Gar Face keeps Ranger on a chain that can keep him in 100ft range of the old tilted house he lives in. A pregnant cat comes into the picture and Ranger decides to protect her from his owner by hiding her underneath the tilted house. The cat gives birth and Ranger names her kittens and treat them like family. Eventually, Gar Face sees the calico cat-the mommy cat along with one of her kittens and he captures them to use them as bait. The calico kitten did not make it, but her son is determined to save Ranger and his sister Sabine from the evil Garface. He uses his mothers words and the love he has for Ranger and his sister as determination. This book is amazing!
A pregnant calico cat abandoned in the bayou. An old hound dog chained to a slowly decaying house. The Alligator King, grown as big as a monster over the many years, and the terrible, scarred man who chases him - Gar-Face.
With lyrical language, Appelt brings these characters together as events are inexorably set in motion by the birth of two kittens – Puck and Sabine. Twined through the story of how a hound dog, a calico cat and her kittens become a family are two other stories: the story of how the evil Gar-Face came to this place in the bayou and an older story yet of an ancient creature - part human, part snake - of how her family betrayed her and of how she waits for revenge.
Short chapters make this a quick read, but be prepared – Gar-Face is truly evil. The Underneath is a powerful portrait of how devastating loss can be and how love can redeem and give meaning to a life.
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