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The Busy Little Squirrel (Classic board books) [Board book]


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Nancy Tafuri is the much-loved creator of more than thirty books for young children, including the Caldecott Honor Book Have You Seen My Duckling? and I Love You, Little One. She lives with her husband and daughter in Roxbury, Connecticut.


PreS-K-A worthwhile addition to Tafuri's growing treasury of simple and satisfying stories for young children. Squirrel is getting ready for winter. Other animals, such as Mouse, Frog, and Cat, want him to stop and play, but the refrain is always the same: "But Squirrel couldn't....He was so busy!" Finally, when night arrives, Owl invites him to watch the moon, "But Squirrel couldn't-.He was fast asleep!" The drama of the page turn is used to good effect as Squirrel leaps, climbs, and runs through his day gathering and storing food. Readers will be engaged by the oversize illustrations and kept busy naming the many items accumulated-acorns, berries, ears of corn-as well as spotting a fellow squirrel and various insects presented on each spread. The text, with its soothing repetition, is predictable and reassuring. A natural choice for fall read-aloud programs.-Martha Topol, Traverse Heights Elementary School, MI Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Tafuri (Have You Seen My Duckling?) is in classic form in her latest large-scale offering. As Squirrel hops and jumps through a pumpkin patch and around the nearby woods, his long, rangy body expertly scaling branches and the occasional bird feeder, friends invite him to pause for some fun. "But Squirrel couldn't," explains Tafuri. "He was so busy!" Kids can chime in on six oldie-but-goodie animal sounds ("Squeak, squeak," says Mouse, "Will you nibble a pumpkin with us?") while they savor Tafuri's signature style: the precisely drawn, generously sized animal shapes, the delicate detailing that makes fur and feathers bristle with energy, and the softly variegated colors that evoke the magic of the season. A wonderful book to usher in autumn. Ages 2-5. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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