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October 17, 2013

Kid’s Corner: The World of Squirrels

Filed under: Kid's Corner, Kids — Tags: , , — jennytf @ 4:27 pm


Do you have squirrels at your house?  We have lots of them in our backyard, including some new babies.  They are fun to watch, chasing each other up and down our maple tree and tumbling with each other across our lawn.  I also love stories about squirrels.  Here are some of my favorites:

Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein
Ol’ Mama Squirrel has raised many babies and kept them all safe from predators, but she may have met her match when a determined grizzly bear threatens to eat her entire family tree.

Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop by Susan Lurie
Photographs and rhyming text follow lively squirrels through the trees and across the ground.

Mario Makes a Move by Jill McElmurry
Mario and Isabelle, two squirrels, teach each other their amazing dance moves. Includes facts about squirrels.

The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
Squirrel is too busy getting ready for winter to nibble a pumpkin with Mouse, run in the field with Dog, or otherwise play with any of the other animals. The leaves have started to fall. The air is cold. Squirrel needs to get ready for winter. He cannot nibble with the mice. He does not have time to hop with the frogs or run with the dogs. But there is one thing he can do!

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
Meet Scaredy Squirrel, a squirrel who never leaves his nut tree because he’s afraid of the unknown “out there.” But then, something unexpected happens that may just change his outlook.  Be sure and read all of Scaredy Squirrel’s adventures.

Earl the Squirrel by Don Freeman
Earl the squirrel learns to gather acorns on his own.

Nuts to You! By Lois Ehlert
A rascally squirrel has an indoor adventure in a city apartment.

Squirrel’s Fun Day by Lisa Moser
Squirrel is determined to have a very, very, very fun day with each of his friends. But Mouse is too busy cleaning to have fun, Turtle is too sleepy to leave his log, and Rabbit is too set in his ways to try anything new. Can Squirrel find a way to help each of his friends have a fun, fun, fun day?

Acorns Everywhere! By Kevin Sherry
An energetic squirrel hoards acorns but forgets where he hid them after being distracted by a berry-gathering bear.

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter
Squirrel Nutkin would rather ask an old owl riddles than gather nuts with the other squirrels.

And for  longer, chapter book reads about squirrels, try these two titles:

The Mayor of Central Park by Avi
Oscar Westerwit, a squirrel who loves baseball and Broadway musicals, fights back when a gangster rat named Big Daddy Duds and his thugs move uptown in the year 1900, invade Central Park, and evict Oscar and his animal friends from their homes.

Harold’s Tail by John Bemelmans Marciano
As a result of an experiment stripping the fur from his tail, Harold the squirrel finds himself homeless and mistaken for a rat on the unfamiliar streets of New York City.

Ginny W., Youth Services

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