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Doc ↠ Caterpillar Summer ✓ 304 pages Download Ô Cat and her brother Chicken have always had a very special bond Cat is one of the few people who can keep Chicken happy When he has a meltdown she's the one who scratches his back and reads his favorite story She's the one who knows what Chicken needs Since their mom hasG three weeks with grandparents they never knew For the first time in years Cat has the opportunity to be a kid again and the journey she takes shows that even the most broken or strained relationships can be healed if people take the time to walk in one another's shoe Twelve year old Cat has never really had a chance to be a kid Between taking care of her impulsive little brother Chicken he's on the spectrum and her distracted Mom a picture book author juggling multiple jobs Cat has always been the rock steady anchor who holds her family together Caterpillar Summer is the sweet tale of a girl getting back in touch with the wondrous child she is even while she also gets to know her estranged grandparents I loved this book for so many reasons it's hard to name just a few but The story within a story of Caterpillar and Chicken her Mom's picture book series which includes adorable illustrations and serves as a counterpoint to Cat's coming of age story; the setting of a summer spent on an idyllic island in the Carolinas; Cat's huge heart which makes her hyper aware of the feelings of everyone around her even as she struggles to understand her own This book joins some other favorites on my shelf that explore relationships between kids and the elderly I think of Janet Taylor Lisle's uicksand Pond Emma Donoghue's The Lotterys Plus One and Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo's Ruby in the Sky also forthcoming in 2019 This is Gillian McDunn's debut I read the Advanced Reader's Copy Look for it in April 2019

Mobi ë Caterpillar Summer ↠ Gillian McDunn

Cat and her brother Chicken have always had a very special bond Cat is one of the few people who can keep Chicken happy When he has a meltdown she's the one who scratches his back and reads his favorite story She's the one who knows what Chicken needs Since their mom h If you look at my reading dates you will likely notice that it took me than a month to finish with Gillian McDunn's Caterpillar Summer And the reason why this has been the case is simply that I kind of majorly lost interest for a while because at least to and for me there are far too many obviously and standardly tried and true plot and theme coincidences and also just too many stereotypically rendered characters present in Caterpillar Summer to make McDunn's novel all that personally enjoyable and interesting as a reading experience For while yes I have indeed much loved the family home by the beach environment and the evocatively descriptive manner in which the author presents and depicts especially Gingerbread Island and the Atlantic Ocean and how Chicken's special needs and issues are fortunately and usually not what ONLY defines him and his personality and that I do find both Caterpillar and Chicken as well as Lilly and Macon wonderful and for the most part richly nuanced as characters not to mention that the fact that Caterpillar and Chicken are biracial is generally just portrayed as natural as a given and no big deal unfortunately many of the characters who inhabit the pages of Caterpillar Summer such as Caterpillar's friend Harriet and certainly main bully John Harvey Dawson and yes indeed even Caterpillar's and Chicken's mother are much too one sidedly stereotypical either good or loathsome with especially the mother and her almost complete focus on her work and her often seemingly just ignoring not only Chicken's special needs but also that her daughter Caterpillar should not just be present in the family as a baby sitter and caregiver for her little brother really totally bothering me in particular since I also find the mother's behaviour often considerably less mature than that of her daughter than Caterpillar that I find the mother overly selfish entitled and further also not nearly enough criticised by author Gillian McDunn Combined with the fact that both the long standing conflicts between the mother and her parents Lily and of course in particular Macon and the entire scenario of Chicken being thought to be lost in the storm even though he actually was not even lost in the first place are standard and repetitive literary tropes which I have read in far far too many Middle Grade children's novels and actually in literature in general while I have certainly found Caterpillar Summer not a terrible or in any manner an unacceptable unreadable novel I also have not managed to be either all that enchanted or really much personally and emotionally moved by and involved in especially its themes and contents and certainly just enough to consider but two stars for Caterpillar Summer and to yes having been than a bit personally disappointed with the added and necessary caveat that for readers who are vegetarian or vegan the fishing contest and hat it is such a large and much important part of Caterpillar Summer might well and also be something anathema and not all that pleasant to read about

Gillian McDunn ↠ Caterpillar Summer Text

Caterpillar SummerAs had to work double hard to keep their family afloat after their father passed away Cat has been the glue holding her family togetherBut even the strongest glue sometimes struggles to hold When a summer trip doesn't go according to plan Cat and Chicken end up spendin What stood out to meThe relationship between Cat and Macon that changed and developedThat Cat and her mom keep the memory of a loved one alive by talking about him; Cat lets her younger brother “borrow her memories” of their father because Chicken has none of his ownMemorable uotesPg191 “I miss him backward when I think about piggyback rides or cracking eggs And I miss him forward when I think of all the things he isn’t here for the things he won’t ever be here for” CatPg276 “Sometimes holding a family together is not a uiet kind of work Sometimes it’s exactly the opposite” Lily