Author: Patrick McDonnell
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
In a story without words, just pictures, one reads the story of a sleeping bird whose friends fly off leaving it behind all alone and crying. Mooch the cat, comes across this pitiable creature and undertakes the task of leading it to where its friends are. Together they make their way across suburbia, a city, a forest, through night and day, even as the snow starts falling. Mooch is tired, but his newfound friend's sorrow motivates him to keeping moving and ultimately find the other birds.
This is a simple yet very moving story. I read it out aloud to my toddler, describing the actions and putting in sound effects where ever needed. As a result, he was thoroughly entertained and neither of us felt the lack of words on the pages at all. Even the images are subtle, soft and very pleasing. The story they tell is one which, like all good stories, has a moral hidden inside. That of helping others in need.
A feel-good story just in time for the Holidays!
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