I really liked the lyrical story telling on this book...it has a pace of its own...it has lots of blue hues to it..there is sadness and longing in this story.It goes back and forth from ancient times to this day, in events that transpired in a common place, a deep forest in the Bayous. The stories of those of old and those of today have a lot of things in common as well, there is lots of emotions and feelings, and mystique to it. And of course,the trees are a big part of this whole plot,since they are the witnesses to ALL the events of this forest, and they too have their own story. It is true that the human character is evil, completely inhumane to all around him, a bitter man who hate has been consumed by hatred. He is mean, very mean to his dog, a lovely hound,who is loyal and faithful, a dog who has been abused and chained by this man for years, but also there is a great contrast between the power love and the bitterness of hate..and you get to actually hate this vile man just as well,and love the hound and his kittens just as much..and feel their loss just as strong...there is a lot of feeling and a great deal of connection with these characters, with each one of them. It is actually a great book, because, I think is good for kids to feel that arrange of emotions through reading a story,that connection, that's one of the reasons we all read a book..to travel to that place, and see the sights and smell the smells, and witness the story for yourself. I good blue novel, with a happy, open ending.