Quaky Cat Helps Out by Diana Noon & Gavin Bishop (Scholastic)
Quaky Cat was written after the September 4th 2010 earthquake in Christchurch. It tells the story of how Tiger the cat responds to the quake and how he finds his family. Diana Noonan and Gavin Bishop donated their royalties and 50% of the publisher's proceeds were given to several Christchurch charities helping the people in the affected regions after that earthquake and the subsequent shakes on February 22nd, 2011. The book was a huge success raising over $150,000 for Christchurch charities.
It has taken a few years (with lots more work to be done) to help rebuild Christchurch. Many people and animals were affected emotionally by the quakes. Diana Noonan and Gavin Bishop have followed Quaky Cat with Quaky Cat Helps Out. This book shows how the animals are rebuilding their lives ... with the help of Tiger. It's also about showing kindness to others and sharing what you've got. It is written in rhyme and illustrated with Gavin's rich colours. I am sure this book will be a great success too! This time the author, illustrator and publisher are donating proceeds to Orphans Aid International, who help homeless animals in disasters.
I love how the last page has words from kids on how they are rebuilding their lives. For example:
"I was like one of Quaky Cat's friends. I had to settle into a new school, new house and new friends. It was really hard at first but then I found my place and it wasn't bad anymore. It was good." Tom, age 9
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