South

Summary:

Mooch, the famous comic strip cat, helps a little bird find his flock (family). The bird's family left him behind.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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.

Content Awareness Factors:

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.


Little Kid Reaction

My son liked the sweet interactions between the cat and the bird. He liked figuring out the story.

Parent 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.

Type of Book:
This is a wordless picture book with a story of friendship that you and your child can create together.
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.

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
2 to 6
Recommended Age To Read Together:
0 to 4
Age of child:
Read with 4-year-old boy.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Sharing this book with a child creates special memories. I would buy this for children ages 4 to 8.

Title South
Author Patrick McDonnell
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers © 2008
Illustrators Patrick McDonnell
ISBN 9780316005098
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.99
Genres Friendship
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