A Gift From Bob

A Gift From Bob

How A Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas

Book - 2015
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Publisher: London :, Hodder,, 2015, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781473605800
Branch Call Number: 305. 5692092 BOW B
Characteristics: 172 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

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husika
Feb 06, 2018

This book is a real gift from Bob and James Bowen. It's a heart warming true life story of how a human and an animal can be friends and help each other to survive in the streets. It also gives an insight into human nature, its good and also inhuman, aggressive and selfish traits. And the worth of love and friendship, which helps overcome hardship.

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donkeyhote
Jan 02, 2018

This is a heart-warming story of love and friendship between humans and animals. I was stunned to read in it that James Bowen was bullied and even stoned by his school mates in Australia, because he was an immigrant, he had the British "accent" and was of mild nature. I remembered a similar story that one schoolteacher told me years ago here in Vancouver. She told me her family immigrated to Canada from the West Indies and she started to teach in the Okanagan. She told me that the local children there threw rocks through the open window into the classroom where she was teaching. She was a white woman and she did not have any accent, and still, they stoned her for being a newcomer to that area. I also observed, as a child, the behavior of our very young chickens in the poultry yard - almost all of them were of brown color, but a very few of them were white. And some of the brown ones pecked the white ones at times for being different. My conclusion from all of this is that we, "humans" are born with some base animals instincts to attack those who seemingly are different from our group. This means that bullying is born with us and we have to control the aggressive instincts in us. A genetic improvement is in order for the human race if we want to live in peace with each other. This one book touches the better human soul in us; there are photos in it in color of James and his cat, this absolutely lovely person, who chose James as a friend and who turned his life around. The touching thing of this story for me is that a very similar thing happened to me recently. I was putting out dry cat food at some point where I saw some meager street cats moving around. And 3-4 months ago I noticed a new, small one I called Leonora. She was tiny, very young, dainty, and I started to put out human grade tuna and two kinds of canned cat food, which she ate voraciously. After 1-2 months she started to come close to me and chose me for a friend; she climbed on my trousers' legs, rubbed herself to my legs and hands and accompanied me 1-2 blocks on my way home. So I decided to save her from the hardships of living in the street in the coming winter. One day I caught her, tucked her into a carrier and gave her to VOKRA (Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association), who are a no-kill shelter, and who treat and keep street cats and offer them for adoption on their web site. I have my own cat, Jamie, from them. My cat too had been born into the street and today she is my beloved pet friend. I fully understand this book of James Bowen. I support monthly Vokra and other international animal helping charities.

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koiishi22
Dec 16, 2017

stopped reading at page 28, its a short book so i was expecting it to be sorta fast paced and attention grabbing but thats okay

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biblioQ
Nov 17, 2017

Again, James Bowen shares the way that opening his heart to the love of a very special being, Bob the cat, transformed how he saw life, himself, and the world, touching people all over the world, and offering love, hope, and humanity with their story

d2013 Nov 23, 2016

With a Christmas theme James Bowen and Bob's story still continues to touch people's heart. I read that there is a movie in the making. Can't wait!

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Feb 20, 2017

black_jaguar_545 thinks this title is suitable for 6 years and over

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