The Busy Little Squirrel

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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. Will this busy little squirrel ever slow down?

Focusing on all the charming features of the fall season, this sweetly illustrated story features country animals, pumpkins, leaves, apples and other signs of autumn. Now available as a sturdy board book, the newly redesigned Classic Board Book ...

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Overview

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. Will this busy little squirrel ever slow down?

Focusing on all the charming features of the fall season, this sweetly illustrated story features country animals, pumpkins, leaves, apples and other signs of autumn. Now available as a sturdy board book, the newly redesigned Classic Board Book logo calls out this title's seasonal theme on the front cover.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Tafuri's brief, simply told tale begins as autumn arrives. Squirrel must prepare for the winter ahead. Mouse asks him to share a nibble of a pumpkin. Bird offers a rest on a branch. Frog wants him to hop rocks, while cat wants company lying in the sun and dog invites him to run with him. But the frantic squirrel rushing across the double pages through the day just cannot. To each request he replies he is "so busy!" After the sun sets, the owl asks him to join him watching the moon. This time Squirrel really cannot; the tired fellow is "fast asleep." Tafuri fills the double-page scenes with naturalistic fences, fields, tree branches, and the fruits of autumn. She uses brush pen, watercolor pencils, and ink to picture the appealing animals, Squirrel in particular. The text, printed in large, easy-to-read type, offers a fine introduction to the season.
School Library Journal

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

Kirkus Reviews
When winter nears, Squirrel begins his preparations. The leaves begin to fall and the air starts getting colder, so Squirrel springs into action. He has no time to talk to a pair of mice eating a pumpkin or cardinals on a high branch or frogs on the edge of the pond. "He was so busy!" is the repeated refrain. Not even a family of dogs can slow Squirrel's determined gathering of apples and berries and acorns. Tafuri's signature illustrations, rendered in brush pen, ink and watercolor pencils depict his brisk autumn movements with precision. Owl, protectively covering three wee owlets, asks Squirrel to watch the moon with him, but he can't; he's fast asleep with his booty in the hole of a tree. An appealing nature lesson for the very young, abetted by direct, simple text and the pictures' subtle detail and attractive composition. (Picture book. 3-6)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Tafuri's brief, simply told tale begins as autumn arrives. Squirrel must prepare for the winter ahead. Mouse asks him to share a nibble of a pumpkin. Bird offers a rest on a branch. Frog wants him to hop rocks, while cat wants company lying in the sun and dog invites him to run with him. But the frantic squirrel rushing across the double pages through the day just cannot. To each request he replies he is "so busy!" After the sun sets, the owl asks him to join him watching the moon. This time Squirrel really cannot; the tired fellow is "fast asleep." Tafuri fills the double-page scenes with naturalistic fences, fields, tree branches, and the fruits of autumn. She uses brush pen, watercolor pencils, and ink to picture the appealing animals, Squirrel in particular. The text, printed in large, easy-to-read type, offers a fine introduction to the season and now it is available in a board book version. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689873416
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 201,437
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD200L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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.

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