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South Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 1, 2008

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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 3—McDonnell has composed another quiet gem. Literally. The sole sounds are birdsong, weeping, and snoring; the only words appear on signs: "South" and "Walk." The season is fall, and the chorus comes from a flock perched in a nearly bare tree. In the next instant, the birds lift off, and, as the pages turn, the last leaf drops, bonking a slumbering bird on the head at the base of the tree. Anyone who has every experienced the thought of being abandoned or feeling lost will relate to the utterly convincing panic conveyed in the artist's expressive watercolors and emotive lines as it dawns on this tiny creature that he has been left behind. Yet, he is not alone. Enter Mooch, the feline protagonist from the artist's comic strip "Mutts." He offers a hand, leading and carrying his young charge through rural and urban landscapes, until the birds are joyfully reunited. McDonnell's comfort with unfilled expanses, his beautifully balanced compositions, and the nature of his brushwork evoke the feel of traditional Chinese art. Tan recycled paper provides warmth in keeping with this tender, compact story. While it will be enjoyed universally, be sure to place it where nonreaders will find it, and remember it when asked for a Good Samaritan story. Its subtle sweetness is a rare and wonderful thing.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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Praise for Mutts:

*National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year 1999
*National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for Comic Strip of the Year 1997
*Harvey Award for Best Comic Strip 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003
*PETA Humanitarian Award 2001

Praise for Just Like Heaven:

"McDonnell delivers his message with maximum effectiveness." (Publishers Weekly (starred review) )

Praise for The Gift of Nothing:

"Both Mutts fans and newcomers will appreciate McDonnell's clever wordplay and lovable characters." (Publishers Weekly (starred review) )
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316005096
  • ASIN: B002SB8QV4
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,625,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julia McDonough on September 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
St. Francis of Assisi said, "Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words." This quotation came to mind immediately after I opened SOUTH, Patrick McDonnell's latest picture book (notice that I did not say "children's book").

The story is simple. Our hero, the usually vocal Mooch the Cat, silently saves the day by helping a yellow bird whose flock headed South without him. Through expressive watercolor paintings, we are encouraged to care for the weaker, the smaller, and the sad. I will turn to this book often this Autumn as I wave goodbye to my own feathered friends.

There are not enough stars in Heaven to adequately rate this precious work of art.
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This book says much about friendship, love and change without using words. You can truly feel what is going on through Patrick McDonnell's touching drawings. Mooch helps his little bird friend find the way south after he misses the signal that sends his flock off. The artwork has a soft, watercolor feel and is printed on soft brown paper, so it "feels like fall." When you take off the dust jacket, you discover a bright red spine and soft brown cover boards printed with dozens of Patrick's bird drawings (delightful!). A lovely story and a work of art. Recommended for all ages. Children will get the message at once, and adult hearts will yearn for the simple love and fall nostalgia in its pages. Don't miss this one.
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This is a great little book; perfect for giving to a friend. It's a 48-page picture book and yet I got a little teary-eyed. I love the "Mutts" comic strip and this is even better!
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Although there are no words in this book, the pictures speak volumes. In "South", McDonnell embraces the simplicity of friendship between a cat and a little bird. My eyes were teary when finished, a smile on my face. Yesh, this book is enjoyable for both children and adults alike.
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This book was received in excellent condition for 1 penny plus shipping. It is such a wonderful book, so sensitive and wise. I will buy this book for many of my friends, children and adults. As an adult collector of children's book this one is a must read for anyone with a special friend. This is a 10 + . You will love it too.-Promise !
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As the author of [...], I love finding gread children's books.
South by Patrick McDonnell is hands down, a book that should be on every child's bookshelf. It is a quiet and yet 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.
Mooch holds out his paw and takes the sad bird down the street, through the city and into the snowing woods. Finally, they hear the song of the rest of the birds and find them resting on a telephone poll. The bird hugs Mooch and flies off with her family, while Mooch goes home to sleep by the fire.
I soaked up the sweet story of this book and thought it had a great message for adults and children. I loved how words were not necessary to tell the story. I think it would work very well with children to a) help them absorb the meaning of the story from illustrations alone and b) really encourage their creativity by listening to their own versions of the story. Pick this one up for any child, it is a great work!
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The illustrations are beautiful, and the meaning is wonderful. It is about helping others, which is a lesson I think a lot of us would benefit from. You definitely need to get this book. I read this book with my three year old, and he loved it, too.
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I love all of Patrick McDonnell's work, but this latest picture book is, in my opinion, his best yet. This beautiful story conveys the universal themes of kindness and love. Recommended for all ages.
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