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Windows with Birds

by Karen Ritz

Published by Boyds Mills Press, 2010
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59078-656-7

Ages 4 - 7

An unusual perspective on moving from one home to another looks at the change through the eyes of a cat who is unsettled and unhappy at no longer living in the house that had “windows with birds.” Instead, the cat is now in a place where the windows are high up, looking down on city buildings. He hides deep in a laundry basket and up inside a box spring while a little boy looks for him. When the boy finally falls asleep after tossing and turning, the cat comes out, curling up next to him on the bed. And in the morning, there are birds outside the windows after all, along with new places to hide in and explore, and the boy—always the boy—who took care of him before and takes care of him still. Karen Ritz’s story acknowledges the anxiety and fear that can be part of change, along with the new discoveries that bring excitement and the continuity that provides comfort.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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