Friday, February 7, 2014
Perfect Picture Book Friday: Windows with Birds by Karen Ritz
Author: Karen Ritz
Illustrator: Karen Ritz
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press, March 1, 2010
Age: 5 -7
Topic: Animals, Adapting to change, Moving
Opening: This was the house that had windows with birds.
Summary: A cat adjusts to a new home in an apartment, high above the ground after living in a house.
Resources: Tips on how to help pets adjust to a new home. Tips for children who are moving to a new home.
Why I like this book: This story is told from the cat's perspective. The cat loves his house and the boy that takes care of him. But when the boy suddenly takes him to a new home, the cat is distraught and hides from the boy and wails for his old home, his old hiding places and the birds in his window. It is only after some time has passed that the cat finds a way to love his new home when he sees birds flying outside his window, and new places to hide. This book is a great way to help children with change, especially to a new home. It also helps children become aware how this change can affect their pets and how they can help their pets adjust to a new home.