Sarah's Days: Being a Cat

An Alaskan Childhood

Children - Picture Book
16 Pages
Reviewed on 12/06/2017
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Author Biography

Cindy Baldwin is Yup'ik, Aleut, German and Russian and grew up in an Athabascan region in the gold mining town of McGrath, Alaska. In a simpler time and in a smaller community, she was free to explore the world around her—her parents knew that the whole community watched out for the children of their town. The youngest of five, with cousins who were as close as siblings, aunts who were like mothers, teachers who continued in the same positions for twenty years or more, there were many people to look up to for examples, advice, and care.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Sarah's Days: Being a Cat - An Alaskan Childhood Story is a children’s picture book written by Cindy Baldwin. Sarah loved sitting out on the grass in the bright sunshine. She’d watch the beetles climbing on the leaves of grass and listen to the birds sing. Her cat, Sammy, loved being out there as well. He had been sleeping while she was enjoying the sun, but then he awoke and began to stretch. Sarah liked to think that she was a lot like Sammy, and so she began to do the things he did. She stretched deeply and pawed at the grass beneath her feet. She had fun rolling on her back as Sammy did, and she swatted at a puffy dandelion. Sarah could almost imagine that people would see her as a cat as she mimicked Sammy’s movements. Then she remembered that cats eat grass. Her dad had told her they did that for their stomachs. She decided she would try to eat some grass as well. It was awful!

Cindy Baldwin’s children’s picture book, Sarah's Days: Being a Cat - An Alaskan Childhood Story, is an engaging cautionary tale about enjoying nature within limits. Baldwin is an Alaskan native with Yup'ik, Aleut, German and Russian ancestry, who grew up in the Athabascan region of Alaska. Her own experiences growing up and close relationship with nature are evident on every page of this charming tale about a young girl and her cat. The illustrations are marvelous! They’re brightly colored and bring Sarah’s story to life, including the lush green hills and her little home where she lives with her dad. And while Sarah learned that being like a cat doesn’t mean she should try to eat like one, her day is still one that most children would love to experience. Sarah's Days: Being a Cat - An Alaskan Childhood Story is most highly recommended.