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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Salt and the Sea Venture (American Felines Book 1) by Melissa L. Gill is the story of a white alley cat set in the 1600s. Salt gets on board the Sea Venture, takes one last look at London and sails to his new world. His life on the ship is adventurous and happy till a storm comes. The passengers work together to keep the ship afloat and, although they think it will sink, the ship finally reaches Bermuda. Salt has many adventures on the island but he still longs to go to the New World. Finally, the shipwrecked passengers build two new boats and they manage to reach their destination.
A nautical theme is always fascinating for kids of all ages. These stories capture the many moods of the sea and set the tone for exciting adventures. Apart from the fear of being caught in a storm and escaping safely from it, the book is also interesting in many other ways. Their time in Bermuda where they are shipwrecked, and the adventures there, are as exciting as when they are sailing. The characters are all portrayed well and they are all unique in their own way, which gives the book a freshness. It is a good book for children as it exposes them to new places and ideas. The Facts from Salt and the Sea Venture at the end of the book is quite interesting. It throws more light on the characters, the society and the fauna and the flora of the story.