The Underneath by Kathi Appelt is a wonderful book to read or to listen to! Ranger the old hound dog has a sad, sad life. Chained up and tormented by a hateful owner, he barely gets enough food, and he is very, very lonely underneath the old shack. That is, until he is “adopted” by a stray cat who needs a safe place to have her kittens. The affection and loyalty that grows in this unusual little family is heartwarming, and you cheer at their courage in the face of the bayou’s dangers and mysteries.