by April Pulley Sayre; illus. by Steve Jenkins
40 pages; ages 4-8
Henry Holt and Co, 2016
Squirrels wrestle. / Squirrels leap. / Squirrels climb. /Squirrels sleep.
Active, rhyming text takes readers through a day in the life of a squirrel – from climbing branches to storing seeds … to flying. We meet four kinds of squirrels native to North America who demonstrate the things squirrels do. For example, squirrels use their tails as an umbrella and to help for balance.
What I like LOVE about this book: Sayre’s spare text leaves plenty of room for Jenkins’s wonderfully detailed cut-paper collages. The illustrations will have kids pausing before page-turns just do they can take a closer look at a squirrel running up a tree with a mouth full of leaves. What are those leaves for? There are buried acorns that germinate into oak seedlings, and a groundhog – what’s he doing in the picture?
There’s back matter! Four pages of luscious extra details about the squirrel species, what they eat, the kinds of nests they make, and how they (unintentionally) help plant trees. Pulley includes scads of resources and some notes for kids who want to dig deeper into squirrel science and environmental issues.
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