"This latest offering from the creators of the Batchelder winner Soldier Bear is a quiet story filled with endearing characters, believable situations, and a sense of the importance of caring for other creatures. Short chapters and frequent pencil drawings make the story accessible for beginning chapter-book readers."
"This Dutch import offers a glimpse of a far-off land and a gentle lesson on caring for animals. . . . Those children who do connect with Dumon Tak's sweet, quiet tale are likely to find it will resonate deeply."
The Horn Book
"The Dutch creators of Soldier Bear bring a lovely simplicity to this affecting picture of a close-knit Greek community. . . . The generous number of loosely drawn illustrations capture windswept landscapes, village life, and human character and diversity with equal aplomb. Visually inviting and easily read, this would also make a fine read-aloud for younger children."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Mikis love for Tsaki is both palpable and understandable, and animal-loving kids will particularly enjoy this, as will those who appreciate getting a glimpse into the lives of kids in other places."
Kiss the Book
"This well illustrated novella is a gentle story of best friends. . . . The children are nice, the adults are kind and the animals are sweet."
Redeemed Reader (blog)
"A quiet and gentle story, told in a simple style, examining what it takes to care for one of God's creatures in a responsible manner."