Here in southern Oregon signs of spring are everywhere, even though there is still a chilly nip in the air in the mornings and evenings. The official first day of spring is tomorrow, and so I bring you this review of a book that is sweet and deliciously funny!
It’s Springtime, Mr. Squirrel
For ages 5 to 7
North South, 2018, 978-0-7358-4310-3
One morning Mr. Squirrel wakes up to see that the world
outside his home has been transformed. He has no idea what has happened. Where
did all the bright green grass and colorful flowers come from? Bear explains
that spring has arrived that it is time to “lie in the sun, stroll through the
meadows, and fill our tummies with fine food!”
Squirrel scampers this way and that. He finds delicious things to eat, gorges
himself, and then naps in the sun. However, Hedgehog has no appetite for food
or frolics. He has been to the pond where he espied a lovely lady hedgehog.
Unfortunately, he was so terrified of the gorgeous creature that he fled.
Squirrel is there to help Hedgehog. He tells Hedgehog that he needs to “gain
fame and glory” to earn the lady hedgehog’s esteem, and the best way to do that
is to show off how brave and strong he is and to win lots of fights. The thing
is that to win fights you have to look suitably dangerous and intimidating.
quickly gets to work. He measures Hedgehog and then runs off to gather
supplies. He is going to make his friend look tough and masterful. It takes a
while to come up with the right costume but in the end he succeeds. Not only
that, but he too dons a similar costume so that he can help Hedghog win a
“dangerous fight.” Now all they have to do is find an opponent who will make
them look good.
going to laugh out loud as the follow the adventures of Mr. Squirrel and his
friends. Who knew that winning the heart of a lady hedgehog could be so hard?
Who knew that spring could be so full of surprises?
delightful animal characters and its surprising ending, this is a wonderful
book to share with children. Adults will find it hard not to fall for Mr.
Squirrel, who is such a good friend.
Happy Friday everyone. The new issue of Through the Looking Glass is now online. In this issue the special feature focuses on books that are about saving the environment. Some of the titles that I have reviewed are informative, some are how-to books, and others celebrate the people who have worked tirelessly to save wild spaces and wildlife. Then there are the stories that show us how important it is to save the environment. There is also an Arbor Day feature that looks at stories about trees. Who doesn't love trees!
March is Women's History Month here in the U.S. so I have added new books to the Women's History Month feature that I hope you will enjoy.
I am lucky enough to share my home with three wonderful felines. Legolas is a big, fluffy, ginger tabby who is easy-going and easy to please. Sumalee and Sarafee are two very opinionated Siamese cats who are fussy, difficult, and demanding. They remind me a lot of the cat whose story is told in today's Poetry title. Won Ton is also a demanding fellow and he is determined to keep the humans in his life on their toes.
In a shelter there is a cat. He is an elegant beast with
beautiful blue eyes. In his cage the cat has a bed, a bowl, and a blanket, and
he tells himself that what he has is “just like home.” Or least that is what he
has been told.
hours the cat feigns a complete lack of interest in what is going on, though he
cannot resist a little peek. One person pinches him, and another pulls his tail,
but then a boy comes along and he knows how to rub the cat’s chin just right.
The cat tries to seem unconcerned. He grooms himself assiduously and does his
best to appear as if there is “No rush.” In actual fact the cat is thinking, and
hoping “Please, Boy, pick me.”
Sure enough Boy
does choose him and the cat is taken out of his cage. He is thrilled to be
free, but at the same time afraid of what awaits him out there in the world.
Briefly he “clings to what is known.”
After a trip in
a car, the cat arrives in his new home, and the process of naming him begins.
He believes that he deserves a name fitting for an “Oriental Prince.” He ends up
being called Won Ton, and he is not impressed.
tale, which is told using a series of haiku poems, is funny, sweet, and
sometimes touched with just a little uncertainty and anxiety. It is a story
about new beginnings that readers of all ages will be able to connect with.