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Summary: Mooch, the famous comic strip cat, helps a little bird find his flock (family). The bird's family left him behind. This is a wordless picture book with a story of friendship that you and your child can create together.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 2 to 6
Interest Level: 0 to 6
Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My son liked the sweet interactions between the cat and the bird. He liked figuring out the story.
Adult Reader Reaction: I love this book. At first glance, I though t it would be awful to read, but it turned out, when I really worked with my son, together we came up with our own text and created a wonderful memory. I asked my son "tell" me the story from the illustrations. This is a great book to teach kids about storytelling. I was very surprised he liked it. I thought it would be a challenge to "read" the story, but the pictures were delightful.
Pros: In this wordless picture book, the illustrations do a GREAT job of expressing the storyline and the emotions. The story has a good message about helping out friends, even though it's tough work.
Cons: None, except that the adult must be willing to tell the story or work with the child to figure the story out, which is more work than just reading words on a page.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. Sharing this book with a child creates special memories. I would buy this for children ages 4 to 8.
Educational Themes: The book has a great moral about being a friend, charity, saying thank you, and I love you. I could see a teacher (Kindergarten to third grade) having kids come up with/write a story to go with the illustrations.
Notes: The Reading Tub, Inc. requested a publisher donation for this title.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, picture book, wordless book
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2009
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