Title: The Birds Nest Outside My Bedroom Window
Author: Cynthia M. Sauter
Review: When I read the author’s note attached with the book, I was thrilled to read it. It was written as a remembrance for her children when they watched the birds outside their second story window. They actually started watching /noticing these birds because of her father-in-law who happened to be going through the final stages of cancer. It is quite a unique story and that intrigued me.
I sat down and read the book to my two children as well as a neighbor’s child who was playing with us that day. Neither of my children liked the book much, but the neighbor child talked about how he liked the birds in the book. I didn’t love the book myself. There were a couple grammatical errors and the story seems like it is written for adults more than it is for children.
I was also a little confused with the artwork. Some of the pictures are numbered, some have a penciled in text at the bottom. Sometimes the nest was drawn in pen and sometimes in pencil. The inconsistency of the artwork bothered me a bit. Because this is a children’s book, the artwork is a huge part of what keeps the kids attention. It fell short for me and my kids.
That being said, I admire Sauter for writing and publishing the book for her and her children. What a fun way to remember a loved one as well as support a local artist and friend. We should all have the courage to go out and accomplish the things on our own “bucket lists.” Way to go Cynthia Sauter!
Thanks Heather for this review.
Publisher: Published July 11th 2011 by Authorhouse
Quick Review: 2 out of 5 stars
Why I Read It: Sent for review
Where I Obtained the Book: Sent by author.
Synopsis: The birds nest outside my bedroom window is a true account of watching eggs in a nest which was so close I could have touched it. It was written when the family was dealing with the cancer of a loved one and his dying process. Thus, these birds were gifts from God to say in the moment and enjoy something for awhile each day.
Author Biography: Cynthia M. Sauter lives in Connecticut. She has two other children's books in the works. Also, she is working on a book called Red Embers which is poetry and short stories about her experience with loss.