Salt and the Sea Venture

American Felines Book 1

Children - Animals
136 Pages
Reviewed on 09/24/2014
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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.

Maria Stoica

This is a cute little book narrated from the cat's point of view. Salt is a young tom who has the traveling bug. He's been living in London with Willian Shakespeare for a while now and he felt it was time to move on. He wanted to go to the New World and Salt had found just the ship to take him there, the Sea Venture which would be traveling to Jamestown Fort in Virginia. As we know, back then these trips across the Atlantic were no walk in the park as starvation and disease threatened the passengers and the voyage lasted over a month. Aside from that, there are rival cats onboard the ship and Salt needs to watch out.

The story is lightly written and educational for young readers since it embeds historical details from the 1600s and the first colonies on the American continent.