Noah and his pa prepare to join the thousands of gold seekers heading for the Klondike. Pa insists the journey will be too long and too hard for a cat, but Noah just can’t leave his pet, Shadow, behind. When Pa discovers the stowaway, Noah promises that Shadow will earn her keep. Will the cat be the burden Pa supposes, or will she prove to be worth her weight in gold?
Filled with exciting real-life history and adventure, The Klondike Cat gives readers a unique glimpse into a time when hopes were high, dreams were big and golden opportunities came in all shapes and sizes.
A historical note at the end of the story provides further information about this dramatic chapter of North American history.
This book would be an excellent historical fictional read to introduce a unit on the Yukon gold rush. Recommended
There are many ways to make your fortune, as a boy and his father serendipitously find when they relocate to the Klondike wilderness during the gold rush. Noah disobeys his father’s wishes by bringing the family cat, Shadow, on the arduous journey to their new home in gold country. There is no room for sentimentality in the Klondike, and Lawson never mentions what has happened to the mother, but she uses other realistic touches such as the kitty disappearing into the ship on the first leg of the trip, creating a believable slice of robust American pioneer history. Mombourquette’s illustrations are broad brushed and colorful, evoking the gritty spirit that opened this last frontier. A lengthy historical note includes a synopsis of the actual history of the territory and era addressed in the story.