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South by Patrick McDonnell is hands down, a book that should be on every child’s bookshelf.  It is a quiet and  powerful tale of friendship with beautiful illustrations.

McDonnell is well known for his cartoon illustrations of Mutts and The Gift of Nothing.  I was unfamiliar with him but picked up this picture book, South, on a recommendation.


It is just perfect and nostalgic, all at once.  The book has no words (save for the sign declaring South).

The plot line is that the character Mooch the cat helps a lost bird.   The illustrations begin with a flock of singing birds flying away and one sleeping bird gets left behind.  Mooch discovers the bird and and points the way south, when the bird wonders why she is alone.

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