Item description for Mike and a Lynx named Kitty by Karen Vitt Mike Kerr...
Mike Kerr pens a story based on his boyhood experiences in a commercial fishing village in Kodiak, Alaska. On this forested island surrounded by ocean where whales frolic offshore, Mike builds his own campsite to practice outdoor survival skills. He discovers a lynx kitten and cares for it when it becomes orphaned. Torn between his love for the animal and allowing it to remain wild, Mike learns respect for nature balancing it with humanity when he allows the animal to roam free. A long and cherished friendship develops between animal and boy with experiences that build love and trust between them.
Mike's story describes many fun and interesting experiences about life in rural Alaska including: wilderness camping living among the wildlife on land and sea respect for the environment outdoor survival skills the challenges of commercial fishing
Illustration copyright 2006 Karen Vitt
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.84" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.42" Weight: 0.38 lbs.
Release Date Jul 29, 2003
Publisher KiwE Publishing
ISBN 1931195366 ISBN13 9781931195362
Reviews - What do customers think about Mike and a Lynx named Kitty?
Mike and a lynx called Kitty. Dec 14, 2006
Over all, this is a very good marriage of the writer, artist, publisher and printer. The story is cute. The print size is just right. The art work, WOW!!! I only wish all the art work was in color. I bet if all the art work was done in color, the beauty of the story would be greatly increased. I hope the artist will do a book of her work. Good Job to All.
"Mike and a Lynx Named Kitty" by Mike Kerr Dec 11, 2006
"Mike and a Lynx Named Kitty" is a short children's novel based on the author's (Mike Kerr) real life experience of growing up in a small town in the remote Alaskan wilderness.
Kerr's story is not of just a boy in the wild caring for an orphaned lynx, but is a story so emotional and so filled with personal experience that in just ninety-three short pages, the reader can only hope that page ninety-four contains a map and airline tickets to the magical places described throughout the book.
For the young reader, "Mike and a Lynx Named Kitty" is the type of story that one can read and become instantly hooked, for the rest of his or her life, to the beauty and wonder of the wild.
Even in adulthood, Kerr's carefully crafted imagery of one of the world's few remaining wildernesses tells a story of love and respect - not only for the plants and animals that exist there, but for a woman of whom he dearly loved.
Filled with detailed descriptions, excellently crafted illustrations, and a story worth reading again and again, Mike Kerr's short novel, "Mike and a Lynx Named Kitty" is a recommended read for children and adults alike.
Book about love, self-sacrifice, and maturing Nov 21, 2006
Reviewed by Hannah Wheatley (age 13) for Reader Views (3/07)
I really liked the book "Mike and a Lynx named Kitty" because it told about a boy that helped an animal in need. Mike took it as his own responsibility to care for the lynx as well as providing a good home for it. Mike, the main character in this novel, is a ten-year-old boy who was on a summer-long fishing trip with his father in Alaska where they lived. It was Mike's responsibility to clean up the camp, gather firewood, and make meals. He was watching the supper cook for that night when he heard a meowing sound like a kitten; it was an abandoned lynx kitten. He carried the kitten back to camp and gave him some milk; then he laid it down on his dirty clothes. Kitty, as Mike called him, slept for the most of the day afterwards. When Mike's father came back he wasn't very happy about Mike taking the kitten in; he made Mike wrap it up in seaweed and dirt so the mother lynx wouldn't reject it. But when Mike reached the site where he found Kitty, he found a shockingly sad sight -- a dead fall tree had landed on a mother lynx and child, and Kitty sniffed the dead limp, now lifeless bodies of his mother and sister. Mike felt sorry for the small lynx, for he had nowhere to go, and no one to care for him. Mike carried Kitty back to camp in loving arms. Afterwards, Mike's father agreed to let the lynx stay, but it was Mikes' and only Mikes' job to care for it.
When Mike took Kitty back home with them, he made a bed for Kitty inside of a hollow space in some tree roots, and made Kitty quite comfortable. I really thought that letting Kitty come home with them was very kind and considerate of Mikes' father, because, in the story he is trying to become a pilot. One year, for their wedding anniversary, they flew out to the island. Once Mike got settled in, he went to the place where he had found Kitty and played many years ago. Then he saw a familiar face in the bushes, once again he called out "Kitty." The lynx limped toward him and Mike noticed that he had been shot; he must have gotten to close to some hunters and they had got scared and shot. Kitty was hurt badly in the leg; he laid his head on Mike's lap. Mike stroked him, talking to him, remembering all of the fun times they had together. When he was finished he noticed that Kitty was dead, or as the book states, "life had left his friend." Mike buried Kitty next to his mother and sister that had been laid to rest many years ago. Mike and a Lynx named Kitty" was really heartwarming and touching in a way. I hope that you get a chance to read this wonderful novel by Mike Kerr.
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (11/06)
In "Mike and a Lynx Named Kitty," Mike Kerr generously shares a bit of himself. He begins with an introduction to life in Alaska and facts about a Lynx. Mike Kerr was born and raised in Alaska; he fished commercially in the 30's and 40's. Boys began fishing, trapping and hunting at the early age of five or six. It was on such a trip that Mike found an orphaned lynx kitten.
One day Mike is told that he must stay at camp and watch the dinner. He hears the sound of a kitten. It's not a domestic kitten but a small weak lynx. So begins a unique friendship. Mike must make a very hard decision between his love for Kitty and the need to return him to the wild.
This is a book about love, self-sacrifice, and maturing. Mike teaches us to respect nature and wildlife. He shows that we have a responsibility to nature. Mike knew from the moment he found the kitten that someday he would have to return him to the wild.
This is a heart-warming tale. The illustrations add much to this beautiful story. From the moment I saw the cover I was hooked. I could barely wait to open this treasure chest with the promise of literary treasures inside. I was not disappointed. It is a delight to find a story that teaches morals and values in an interesting way. As a reading coach, I search for books such as this one; they are hard to find. My students will delight in the story. I highly recommend "Mike and a Lynx Named Kitty" for children and adults alike. Mr. Kerr, thank you for sharing a piece of your childhood with your readers.
Mike and a Lynx Named Kitty Oct 17, 2006
Mike Kerr handles the story of his lynx friend in an unusual manner. It appears that he spent his long and rewarding lifetime with the story ruminating in the back of his mind, condensing the very essence of their relationship. Where other writers adorn a story with rambling descriptions of the terrain and the characters, Kerr carves away all extraneous material, understating the enduring bond between the boy and the lynx. In the simplicity of his work, we feel his tentative joy in discovery of the baby lynx. That joy grows full-blown, though mixed with responsibility added to his other duties, when he realizes he must raise the orphaned babe if it is to survive. We feel his anxiety when the worlds of civilization and wilderness clash with unforeseeable results, and the pain of betrayal when the lynx reaches out to another human in friendship and meets fear and hatred.
Others have mentioned this as a book for children, and there are strong moral reasons for that use. I would like to see it used as a text for adult remedial reading, and for English as a Second Language (ESL) because of the cultural discord. Maturity is needed to wring the full depth of Kerr's message of winning devotion by freely giving love enough to let the respondent make his own choices. I feel Kerr reads between the lines of the Alaska experience for us much as Eudora Welty interpreted the spirit of the South, and hope he continues writing.
True to Life Adventures in Kodiak, Alaska Oct 17, 2006
Mike Kerr has taken experiences from his life, growing up in a fishing community in Alaska, and adapted them to an exciting and heartwarming novel for young readers, preteen through young adult.
Mike has incorporated the values of friendship, family relationships, and the importance of making good life choices. Mike tells of harrowing experiences while hunting and fishing with his father near Kodiak, Alaska.
On one of these fishing trips Mike found an orphaned lynx. He called her Kitty. For two year Mike and Kitty became close companions. On one occasion Kitty saved the life of a young girl and became a hero in the small fishing community.
Mike understood from the time he took Kitty home that the day must come when he would return to the forest. As the story unfolds Kitty and Mike mature together and follow life choices that are best for them.
Over the years their paths cross two more times. The story covers a period from pre world war two days through Korean War.
Mike Kerr instills a respect for nature, a challenge to assume responsibility, and the importance of family life through Young Mike's example, in this fast paced story. Illustrations drawn by Karren Vitt help make the story come alive on the pages.
This is a book that can be easily adapted for read-aloud family time reading. It is a book for young nature and animal lovers. The story is filled with lessons drawn from nature and from life experiences. This is a book for the home or school library. Highly recommended.