by Patrick McDonnell


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ISBN-13: 9780316005098
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 584,202
Product dimensions: 8.08(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Patrick McDonnell is the creator of the Mutts comic strip, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. He has illustrated for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Reader's Digest, Time, Parents, and other journals, done CD covers for the Greatest Hits classical music series, and created a license plate for his home state of New Jersey. Hailed as "the next Charles Schulz," Patrick sits on the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States, and has won numerous awards for both Mutts and his animal welfare work. He is the author of The Gift of Nothing, Art, Just Like Heaven, and Hug Time, and the co-author of Krazy Kat: The Comic Art of George Herriman.

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South 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
allawishus on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Cute wordless picture book about a cat who helps a bird find his flock after they fly south for the winter. I really enjoy McDonnell's comic strip Mutts, and this was a cute addition to it. The pictures were very expressive and it would be an easy story for parents and children to make up words for and encourage imaginative dialogue.
tmarks on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A lost bird needs help, and he will get it from an unlikely hero.
SJKessel More than 1 year ago
McDonnell, P. (2008). South. New York: Little, Brown and Company. 0316005096 With an initial plot similar to the movie Home Alone, one little birdie sleeps in and is left behind when his flock flies south for the winter. A friendly cat guides the little bird in the right direction to be reunited with the other birds. This almost wordless picturebook (there is a little weeping), uses a few neutral colors to show the transition of colors between fall and winter. While children will immediately sympathize with the bird and the experience of being lost, what was most endearing for me was that the cat takes the bird by the wing and guides it with her paw (think holding hands, animal style). Added to this, part of their journey takes them into a human city and both the bird and cat seem small and childlike, perhaps sending the message that children can help children. Activities to do with the book: This book can trigger a discussion of the experience of being lost with young children. A teacher or parent could make suggestions of who a young person can approach if they find themselves lost or left behind. To go another direction, a teacher could also discuss the seasons and their influence upon birds and other animals. If a classroom pairs with a class of older students, this book could be used to help introduce the mentor-mentee relationship. For more of my reviews, visit
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AnnieO10 More than 1 year ago
McDonnell's expressive art leads in this heartwarming tale of a little lost bird and a sweet cat who responsibly and kindly helps him find his way. Destined to be a classic.....
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Mooch befriends a little bird and shows what true friendship is all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since I read my first MUTTS strip quite by accident, I have been desperately addicted to the noblest of all creatures: a Mooch, an Earl, & most of all, the man who brings their gifts to us, Patrick McDonnell. He is a comfort to us indeed in this oft difficult world. This deceivingly 'simple' story is as deep as they come, & though they are all precious, this is his most endearing book by far. It is a quiet, soulful journey from the start, when the baby bird's tears appeal to Mooch's earnest heart. Mooch then offers his hand, his back, and his gentle guidance to the bird in a quest south to find his family. Though it is entitled 'South', it is the journey rather than the destination that gives this story meaning. We watch Mooch play the role of an older sibling, a loving friend, a calm parent attuned to the needs of one who is younger & inexperienced. A telling moment is when Mooch appears to shorten his much needed '& loved' nap in deference to a young child's impatience with all things 'unnecessary'. When at last, they find the bird's family, Mooch has his own tears to contend with- tears of a gift proffered & a gift received. And what a precious gift it is- If you are having a hard day or hard moment, pick up a MUTTS book, and you will find your way back to the light. Required reading for all ages.