Bill Bailey, Please Come Home

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Book 1 of The Shotgun Shack Kitties
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Pub Date Mar 20 2024 | Archive Date Sep 30 2024

Description

In the heart of New Orleans, the power of music brings a special secret to a group of spirited cats.

Down in New Orleans near the river and railroad tracks, a young girl named Eartha took in many kitties to live with her in her shotgun shack. They loved this marvelous place with natural beauty and animals outside, and love, music, and flowers inside. 

One of the shotgun shack kitties, Bill Bailey, was a cat who loved to wander and meow hello to the people he passed, wishing they could understand him. When he encountered some elder cats, they shared the secret to speaking with humans—the power and language of music. It wasn’t long before Bill Bailey and his shotgun shack kitty krewe were bounding with their brass band instruments in a makeshift parade, singing his namesake song all the way.

Families and educators of young children will delight in this story that showcases New Orleans, music, and the importance of community and interconnectedness. 


In the heart of New Orleans, the power of music brings a special secret to a group of spirited cats.

Down in New Orleans near the river and railroad tracks, a young girl named Eartha took in many...


Advance Praise

Reviewed by: Diana Lopez

Review Rating: 5 Stars 

Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers’ Favorite

For children, learning to live together is essential and can be fun. Moreover, being part of a community allows us to learn new skills. Bill Bailey, Please Come Home: The Shotgun Shack Kitties by A.N. Stewart highlights the importance of socialization and communication. Bill Bailey is an adorable kitty who loves to go for walks and learn everything he can about the world. He greets his neighbors when walking down the street. People can't understand him, and that makes him sad. However, some older cats reveal a secret to him: music can help humans understand them as it is a universal language. Bill is excited about discovering this and gathers his feline friends to learn together and discover the power of music.


I liked Bill Bailey, Please Come Home because of the values it teaches, such as caring for others, harmony, and collaboration when working as a team. The narrative is entertaining and ideal for teaching young readers a love of animals and music. The descriptions are clear, emphasizing pleasant environments and aspects such as the scent of flowers. The images are wonderful, showing a variety of felines and musical instruments. The colors are cheerful, and the settings have many details, such as houses, flowers, and animals, giving a vivid perspective of New Orleans. I loved how A.N. Stewart combined the story with a song, making the reading more interactive. In addition, Bill Bailey is a kind and friendly character and a great role model. Children will learn the value of music and how wonderful it is to share moments with friends.

Reviewed by: Diana Lopez

Review Rating: 5 Stars 

Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers’ Favorite

For children, learning to live together is essential and can be fun. Moreover, being part of a community...


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ISBN 9781662950957
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