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Children’s Book Review – Green Eyes by A. Birnbaum

Green Eyes is a children’s book that was written in 1953 by A. Birnbaum. My copy appears to have been published in 2001. I received this children’s book today in the mail from an online book distributor. Unfortunately, I do not know who placed the order to have it delivered to my wife and I. We are expecting twin boys in the coming weeks, so we are sure someone must have sent us this book as a gift to them. Many thanks to whomever sent us this fantastic children’s book.

After reading this book, I attempted to look up more information on the history of the book and its author. I wanted to see what other books the author might have written since I found this one to be quite superb. I was unable to find either an article for Green Eyes or for an author by the name of A. Birnbaum on Wikipedia. This is surprising considering the quality of the book and the number of times it has been reprinted. Green Eyes is a very colorful, visually stimulating book with encouraging themes.

Green Eyes is the name of a cat, who is also the narrator of the story. The book never explicitly specifies the gender of the narrator; in the following story summary the male gender is used for convenience. The cat tells the story of his life and his approaching first birthday. He explains how he was born in the spring time and recounts his first experiences as he travels from spring to summer, summer to fall, fall to winter, and finally winter to his birthday. He recounts his first time seeing chickens and other farm animals and watching the farmer milk the cows patiently so he might have a drink of some of the milk. Green Eyes describes his play time during the summer, fall, and winter, and in what ways a cat can play in those seasons. Then, at his first birthday he explains how he is all grown up; he is no longer a kitten but is now a cat. As a cat, he still enjoys all of the seasons of life just as he did as a kitten, he simply has a bigger box to sleep in at night.

Besides the large, bold, colorful, visually stimulating pictures that I personally found fascinating, I found the overall theme of Green Eyes to be of most value to young children. Life is meant to be enjoyed and experienced. Enjoy life in its seasons while you are young. When you grow up, continue to enjoy the seasons of life. You never have to grow out of being playful.


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