4 out of 4 stars
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Shadow is a cat who loves his human family. He also loves watching birds from the windows. Then, he and his family move to a house out in the country with bigger windows! One day, one of his humans leaves the door open, and Shadow knows this is his chance to finally catch those birds he has been staring at for so long. Shadow pounces, runs, and climbs. When Shadow is finally ready to head back home, he’s come so far that he doesn’t know which way home is. Will Shadow ever find his family again?
Shadow’s Adventure Home is written by Kathy Kovar and illustrated by Mardel Rubio. This children’s book is based on the true story of the author’s own cat who went missing for two years. The story is told from Shadow’s perspective in the third-person point of view.
Being a cat person, I loved that the story centers around a cat. The author brought Shadow to life. I could picture Shadow stalking his prey. I was sad when Shadow got lost. Children will easily be able to relate to Shadow.
Another great aspect of the book was the drawings. They look like they are done with colored pencils. The characters look realistic without being over-animated. They are colorful enough to capture a young child’s attention. My favorite picture was one of Shadow hiding under the bed. There are a few more drawings than pages with words, which would be perfect for a younger audience.
The vocabulary is simple; I found no hard words. The only problem I could see is that some of the pages had too many words. While children in kindergarten would enjoy the story, I don’t think they would be able to read that many words on their own. However, it would make a great story to read aloud as a class or in a family.
The book was also exceptionally edited. I found no errors within its pages. I especially appreciate this in a children’s book because they haven’t learned many of the rules yet. It’s nice to set a good example for them to follow.
All in all, I found myself getting attached to Shadow as if he was my own cat. I appreciated the editing, and I loved looking at the pictures. For those reasons, I rate Shadow’s Adventure Home 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it for any elementary-age children; the younger ones might need an adult to read it aloud to them, though.
Shadow's Adventure Home
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