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Windows With Birds

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  70 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
A cat discovers a new world. The cat loves its home, a house with places to climb, places to hide, windows to watch, and a mouse to chase. There's a boy who fills his water dish and scratches him in just the right spots. Best of all, the windows have birds. One day the boy takes the cat to a strange, new home, high above the ground. The cat hides, and cries, hoping the boy ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Boyds Mills Press
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Aug 08, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathryn by: Abigail and Lisa
This is a sweet and gentle story about the sometimes-upsetting experience of moving as seen through the eyes of a family's cat. He misses his window with the birds, his favorite napping places, and all the other special things about the house he used to live in before his boy took him to their new apartment. At first, he is terrified of the new house, hiding under the bed and caring little for food or familiar toys. Yet, soon, his love for the boy overcomes everything else and he is able to find ...more
Jun 07, 2011 Miriam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pets who are nervous about moving
Shelves: picture
My cat enjoyed this book, although the scene in the middle when the cat begs to be taken home was a bit too intense for him.
Cricket Muse
Dec 25, 2013 Cricket Muse rated it it was amazing
The cat loves his house, this place with stairs, hiding places, and windows with birds. It has a sunny spot and most importantly, it has the boy. Then one day the cat finds itself in a new place and it is very different. Karen Ritz captures well the emotions a new move can evoke in Windows With Birds. The sparse text and soft, full watercolor illustrations express the dismay of the cat, and follows its readjustment to its new place. A perfect book to help children with the trauma that can occur ...more
Lisa Vegan
Jun 15, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cat lovers; anyone going through a move or other stressful change
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
I read this book solely because of the cover illustration, which greatly appeals to me. It turns out almost all the book’s paintings are gorgeous, and I really liked all the pictures.

The story is about a cat who gets taken by his boy from his house that had his boy and everything familiar, to a new place to live, and it takes a while for the cat to see the merits of the new place. It’s also a lovely boy/child & cat friendship story.

The author seems to know cats well, and many people will fee
Emerson and Theodore
May 13, 2013 Emerson and Theodore rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
The main character is a cat who looks just like Liz! And she loves to look out the windows at birds....just like Liz!
And there is a little boy as the cat's best buddy. She story is short, simple: the family moves from a house to a high rise apartment and it is a quick, understated story about adjusting to one's new environment. You can't just hide in the closet or under the bed, you have to come out and look out the window!
Apr 07, 2010 Christiane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is one of the best books I've read about moving and change. It starts off "This was the house" and the cat tells about the birds outside the window and the twenty-nine hiding places and the boy who scratched him in just the right places. Then the moving truck comes and everything changes... But the kitty manages to adapt, just like the boy will, and just like we all do when things change.
The Library Lady
Apr 27, 2010 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Both art and text perfectly capture a cat's reaction to a move--I've been there and done that. They also get the cat's body language, the boy's emotions and the relationship between the two perfectly. A gem for kids and adults who love and live with cats, and perhaps a book to reassure kids as worried about a move as their animal companions.
Oct 12, 2010 Joy rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, cats
This is a lovely, simple story of a cat who moves from his wonderful, familiar home to a new, strange one. The only constant is the boy who brings him his food and water and loves to play with him. Beautiful watercolor illustrations bring this book to life.
Jun 23, 2010 Melissa rated it really liked it
Cat's eye view of moving house. Gentle language, gentle theme. Realistic watercolor illustrations. Great open-ended question opportunities here: How does the boy feel? How are the houses different? How are they the same?
A cat is used to his house with his favorite hiding spots and windows that he can sit and watch birds from. But then he is moved to a new apartment and has to figure out new window perches and hiding spaces.
Discusses the difficulty of relocation.Gorgeous illistrations. Good for Alzheimer's patients going to nursing home, and children facing the uncertainty of a move.
Oct 04, 2011 Shelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute story of a family that has moved. The people are not the only ones who have to adjust to the new place. At least birds seem to be a staple no matter where you go.
The cat and the boy adjust to a new home. Wonderfully illustrated with pictures that are reminiscent of books illustrated in the 1950s and 1960s.
Mar 03, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing
Cat lovers will love this. Pretty and realistic watercolors and a very sweet (but not cutesy) story about a housecat and his cat worldview.
Jun 16, 2014 Bree rated it liked it
cute story about moving using the cat's perspective
art is super realistic and pretty
only read this one a couple times
Susan P
Jul 22, 2010 Susan P rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A great story about a cat, his boy, and a household move. Could use for a cat or a friends or a moving storytime.
Mar 14, 2012 Kirsten rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
**nice circular plot
**sad, happy---good book to discuss feelings with child
Brenda Steffens
Jan 15, 2011 Brenda Steffens rated it really liked it
The cat must adjust to a new home and when he finds birds through the windows he knows he will be fine.
Apr 18, 2013 David rated it liked it
Story about a cat and his boy in a new house. It's realistic and doesn't have too many words.
Meg McGregor
May 13, 2013 Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-lexi
A great book that helps children with the trauma of moving through the family cat's eyes.
Jun 07, 2011 Peacegal rated it really liked it
I dislike change about as much as a cat does. And cats hate change. Especially moving.
Feb 07, 2010 Kari added it
Shelves: picture-books
Wonderful story for children experiencing change or loss.
Sep 07, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book, and a great story about moving.
About Moving, and cats
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