Sunday, July 11, 2010


Guest review by Mercury.

Greetings and felicitations.

WINDOWS WITH BIRDS, by Karen Ritz (Boyds Mills 2010)(ages 5-7 [human years]).

Of late, my humans have been greatly remiss in providing Cat stories for me to review. I have, accordingly, clawed their furniture.

But back to the matter at hand. Although the title of this fine picture book unfortunately refers to birds (class Aves), the true protagonist is, in fact, a gray tabby (Felis catus) American short-hair.

WINDOWS WITH BIRDS is the poignant tale of a cat who is uprooted from his charming home and moved by his people to a high-rise apartment. Understandably overcome by the trauma, the cat hides in the closet and in the box springs, causing inadvertent distress to his small human. Eventually, though, the cat comes to realize that things are not as bad as he initially thought.

An altogether exquisite and sweet picture book experience.

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