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Children's LiteratureBaby ground squirrels have many secrets and this book has captured them. The photographs are phenomenal. They show the life of the ground squirrel (which are sometimes called gophers) from the first hours when they are the size of a thumb, and called "pinkies," through adulthood. The author and photographer of this book (a husband and wife team) spent three years observing a family of baby squirrels that lived near their home. They were able to observe and take pictures of the squirrels through a small tent that they call a blind, so that the squirrels had absolutely no idea they were being watched. Young children can look at the pictures while their parents or teachers read the book. Older children will be able to read the book by themselves and enjoy looking at the way the text relates to the pictures. 2004, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, Ages 8 to 12.