About the Author, Theodore Taylor
Theodore Taylor’s home town is North Carolina. He started writing stories at the age of 13. More than 50 books of his have been written and published. Theodore often said “he didn’t have much of an imagination”. Very few agreed with him when he said it. Taylor loved to go to schools and tell the kids about how Phe-leep and old Stew Cat came to be. October 26, 2006 was the day he passed away. Two of the names of his books are The Cay and Making Love With Typewriters. Theodore Taylors first book was published in 1954.
What took place in this story?
In “The Cay”, an 11-year-old boy named Phe-leep is floating around on the Caribbean sea with Timothy and Stew cat. They are floating on a raft. Phe-leep gets blind by getting hit in the head. The Carribean sea is practically filled with sharks. After a few days of being on the raft they find an island to live on until they are rescued. Timothy thinks Stew cat is bad luck. While Phe-leep is on the island Timothy makes him a cane. Timothy eventually dies.
After Timothy dies Phe-leep is living on the island with Stew cat. Thankfully Phe-leep knows his way around the island because he is blind. Phe-leep starts to get hungry after a while so he goes in the water to try to catch some food. Phe-leep sticks his arm into a hole and something grabs his arm. When Phe-leep feels it he thinks it is some sort of eel. Shortly after that Phe-leep and Stew cat get rescued.
What is the Author trying to tell us?
I think the author’s message is don’t judge people by their skin colour and it’s okay to be friends with people who are different from you in many ways. Another message that is possible is you can make friends if you are kind to people and don’t judge people by their looks.
My opinion is that the author did a really good job writing the book. I would rate this book for all ages because Phe-leep learns some valuable life lessons from Timothy. This book is good for all ages because the message the author is trying to tell the readers is a good one for all people. The book is really good because while you read the book it teaches you some really good lessons like don’t judge people by their looks, it doesn’t matter how old people are if they are going to be your friend. When I first saw the book The Cay I thought it was going to be really boring but after reading the first 2 chapters I couldn’t stop reading it. By the time I finished the book I was ready to read The Cay again. If you have a chance to read The Cay by Theodore Taylor you should read it.