~Written by D.C. Rush
~Illustrated by Daniela Frongia
Joy the Sparrow and her new best friend Josie want to see the world and why not start in Las Vegas, where the birds can visit Caesars Palace, the Eiffel Tower and New York City, all in the same day. They persuade the flock of birds they live with to take a vacation there. So the loyal group of friends - Sparrows, Robins and a Blackbird - fly there to have some fun.
However, Hershey the Cat, whom they've bumped into before, is back in the picture and would love nothing more than ruining the birds' vacation. He's determined to have at least one of the birds for a morning snack. Can the birds keep out of his clutches and claws? Will they get to their destination safely?
The courageous birds are pushed to their limits and Hershey also has to face some tough truths about himself.
This is a bright and inspiring story about facing challenges and being the best you can.
In Robby's Quest: Return of the Cat the adventure continues only this time Hershey, the cat, and his family are making a cross country trek. Hershey is suffering from low self-esteem since allowing one of the bird's in Robby's group to escape his clutches. Little does Hershey know, but some of the birds from Robby's group are also making a journey and both groups are about to end up in the same city.
As with all the books in the Robby's Quest series children will learn about geography as well as local landmarks in the various cities the birds visit. This is one of my favorite aspects of D.C. Rush's books. Return of the Cat also teaches children about the importance of family and friendship no matter if you are a human, a bird, or even a sneaky cat. Children will also learn from Hershey's experiences that being a bully is never the right choice and being kind to others is something we should all do.
I recommend picking up Robby's Quest: Return of the Cat. Available at Amazon.com.