is Never Far Away
Illustrations by Athens Springer
Oliver the cat is an adventurer
who wants to go out and explore the world while his mistress
is away from the house. He finds beauty, fun and lots to do.
Oliver falls asleep and awakens to discover that he cannot find
his way home in the dark. With the help of a wise friend Oliver
soon returns home where he finishes the night in his own little
An enchanting book, "Home
is Never Far Away" sure to bring delight to children, and
especially to those who like cats. Illustrations done by Athens
Springer are wonderful. I am sure this artist must have first
hand knowledge of cats. The cat on the head is one I especially
identify with … and have often experienced in my own house!
"Home is Never Far Away"
is written rhyming couplets, which should be especially appealing
to small kiddies. This is a fine little book with good potential
for classroom 'free reading' time.
My only problem with "Home
is Never Far Away" is: the format is difficult. To open
the file(s) entailed clicking on the icon and watching my screen
fill with myriad html file icons. I believe this would be confusing
to a youngster wanting to read the book alone. I persevered,
found an icon which led to the whole book and read. However
for kiddies I do not think this is the best approach and would
suggest a format in which clicking on the icon would produce
an open book type document. As a teacher I would find this cumbersome
in the classroom.
I found too that when I tried
to corral all those icons and put them into a folder: I could
click them open and read text, but the pictures had disappeared.
I personally don't want my screen covered over in a swarm of
icons in order to let my own kiddies read the book, and believe
other parents and/or teachers may have this same feeling. Difficult
for young children to navigate the icons, middle grades and older
siblings will have no problem helping their younger charges.