Friday, February 7, 2014

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Windows with Birds by Karen Ritz

Title: Window with Birds

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.

4 comments:

julierowanzoch said...

Such a move would be tough!

Sue Heavenrich said...

this is such a fun book to read - whether you have a cat or not.

Patricia T. said...

What a unique story. Love that it is told through the cat's voice. I know when I moved, I kept talking out loud for our poodle as she sniffed and explored and I could imagine what she was thinking. I love the cover of the book and the story sounds like an important one for families.

Jarm Del Boccio said...

Makes me feel sad for the poor kitty! I love the fact that it is told from the cat's POV . . . So much more creative. Thanks for sharing this one!