ABE BIRNBAUM was a well-known artist and illustrator. His work appeared in The New Yorker and other magazines for more than four decades. He also illustrated several children's books in addition to Green Eyes, which won him the prestigious Caldecott Honor in 1953.
Green Eyesby A. Birnbaum
Caldecott Honor winning illustrator, A. Birnbaum has captured the childlike wonder of each season in this 1953 picture book. Green Eyes, the curious kitten, ventures beyond his familiar big red box and greets spring, summer, fall, and winter—each with their unique colors, scents, and feelings. Children will delight in discovery with Green Eyes as he ventures out and cozies up to the familiar warmth of home upon his return.
A Caldecott Honor Book
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book
"Spectacular." —The New Yorker
"This genius among caricaturists, Birnbaum, brings the essence of his art to the eyes of small children." —New York Herald Tribune
"Here is everything a small looker wants and needs in a first picture book." —The Chicago Tribune
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This is a simple tale with childlike illustrations depicting the cat through the four seasons of the year, but preschool age children loved to have it read aloud in the New York City public library where I worked. There is something comforting about the cat enjoying the outdoors and then settling down in his box near a radiator to wait out the winter.I would give it to little children 0-6 years. Give it to an expectant mother. It is never too early to start a home library for a child.