Appelt Kathi. The Underneath.

Appelt Kathi. The Underneath. Audiobook 2/2

Краткая информация Appelt Kathi. The Underneath. Audiobook 2/2

Краткая информация Appelt Kathi. The Underneath. Audiobook 2/2 — это вторая часть аудиокниги об одинокой кошке, которая подружилась с такой же одинокой собакой. В книге рассказывается о злоключениях несчастной кошки живущей вместе с собакой под крыльцом. Вместе они стараются защитить котят от хозяина дома, который хочет отдать их аллигаторам.

Автор: Appelt Kathi
Год выпуска: 2016

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The novel originally started as a short story a boy, a cat, and a shard of Caddo pottery. Her agent encouraged Appelt to expand the story to a novel instead. The plot soon changed to focus on the cat instead and the boy disappeared from the plot. Appelt ended up drawing inspiration from the setting of the bayou itself, as well as some inspiration from Caddo legends, who lived in that region. She admitted that the creation of the character Grandmother Moccasin may have been driven by her fear of snakes. Appelt also stated that she drew inspiration from The Jungle Book, not for its plot but for its themes and how it tackled ideas that you wouldn’t expect from a children’s book.

The story takes place underneath a ramshackle house, in the bayou near the Texas-Louisiana border. The hound dog Ranger is chained underneath the porch. Ever since his leg was shot accidentally by his evil owner, Gar Face, Ranger has been chained up to serve only as a warning system. Ranger meets a calico cat who has kittens, and he names the kittens «Sabine» and «Puck». The kittens are told to never leave the underside of the porch, otherwise Gar Face might use them as alligator bait. One day, Puck accidentally leaves the safety of the porch and is caught by Gar Face. While trying to protect Puck, the calico is also caught. Gar Face throws the two into a bag, which he then throws into the river. Although Puck is saved, the mother drowns trying to help him. She encounters a hummingbird, who are known to accompany the spirits of the dead to the other side. Puck later wanders off and ends up lost. The book also introduces Grandmother Moccasin, who in this story is portrayed as a water moccasin lamia. When her daughter Night Song changes form to marry Hawk Man, Grandmother feels betrayed and tricks her daughter into changing back into a serpent, since magical creatures who return to their original forms are stuck that way forever. Hawk Man then traps Grandmother in a clay jar for what she did, where she stews in her bitterness and anger. The Alligator King is an alligator who was friends with Grandmother Moccasin before her imprisonment, who also happens to be the alligator that Gar Face is trying to lure using Ranger. When storms release Grandmother, she decides to do something unexpected. She sees the love between the kittens and the hound, and frees Ranger from where he is chained. However, she is hit by a stray bullet from Gar Face. As she lays dying, she is at last reunited by her granddaughter Rainbow Bird, who took the form of a hummingbird. The Alligator King ends up eating Gar Face. The story ends with Ranger and the two kittens living in the forest.

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