Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop

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Frisky brisky
Hippity hop
Up he goes
To the treetop

With their hurrying and scurrying, digging, climbing, and leaping, squirrels fascinate young children. In Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop, photographer Murray Head captures squirrels working, playing, hiding, and even teasing a hawk. The peppy rhyming poem is a...

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Frisky brisky
Hippity hop
Up he goes
To the treetop

With their hurrying and scurrying, digging, climbing, and leaping, squirrels fascinate young children. In Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop, photographer Murray Head captures squirrels working, playing, hiding, and even teasing a hawk. The peppy rhyming poem is a joy to read aloud.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Karin Fisher-Golton
A day in the life of a city park squirrel includes many activities familiar to young children—running, eating, playing, resting, and more. Lurie updated and supplemented White's poem, "Whisky Frisky," from the 1870s collection "Little-Folk Songs." The rhythm, rhymes, and repeated pattern are fun and satisfying. But what makes this a book that will absorb young readers are Head's engaging photos, set in New York's vibrant Central Park. Squirrels leap, spin, and hide. Close-ups depict intense gazes and define each hair on those fancy tails. Almost every photo stands out, but a few stars are a sequence where a squirrel runs and hides from a hawk and another sequence where three young squirrels poke their heads out of a tree. Full-bleed placement on the page lets readers immerse themselves in the squirrels' world. The only place where a photo does not quite fit the text is when the sky gets lighter, rather than darker at the first instance of "good night." This minor inconsistency will not take away from young readers' enjoyment of the images and words in this delightful book. Reviewer: Karin Fisher-Golton
School Library Journal
PreS-K—This charming book, adapted from a poem by White written 140 years ago, with new verses added by Lurie, follows a day in the life of a squirrel. The rhyming text is short, with a few words to a sentence per page. "Furly curly/What a tail;/Tall as a feather/Broad as a sail/Giggly wriggly/Let's have fun/Leap and soar from shade to sun." The naturalistic photographs show the squirrel fleeing from a hawk, hiding in a tree, and building a leafy nest; they are mostly close-ups and provide an excellent view of a creature's features as well as the beauty of the surroundings. The story ends with the squirrel burrowing into a tree cavity for the night. Although not an essential purchase, this title could find a place in any storytime or lesson about squirrels or the fall. The photographs make it stand out from other books on these topics.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
Kirkus Reviews
First published in 1871, the poem "Whisky Frisky" is reimagined with additional verses and lively photographic images. "Frisky brisky / Hippity hop / Up he goes / To the treetop." It's difficult to improve on White's bright opening (except for switching out the possibly troublesome "whisky," of course) but the original poem was only a few lines long. Mimicking the simple, deliberately paced text, Lurie effortlessly picks up where White left off. "Scrambly brambly / No time to rest / Making a home / In a leafy nest." The squirrels scamper up trees, nibble on nuts and evade a hawk, in a very dramatic spread. Photographs dominated by rich greens and browns capture startlingly up-close portraits of these frisky little fellows, which are normally just a blur of tale. Head's photos freeze the squirrels in mid action, capturing quite often adorable, endearing expressions. Regardless of which came first, the new verses or the photographs, the text and illustrations are inextricably matched. Budding naturalists and park enthusiasts will appreciate this slow-motion peek into a squirrel's life. Some may find squirrels to be pesky, but the glee found within these pages is hard to ignore. (author's, photographer's notes) (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823424108
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 952,545
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    Perfect gift for nature lovers of all ages

    When you see the cover of this book, it will literally stop you in your tracks. And then it gets better. I've been a fan of nature books all my life, but never have I seen a book where every photo on every page is a delight. The text is a sweet old-fashioned poem and with every line you'll have to lift the book up to show everyone. And if someone isn't much of a nature-lover to begin with, they will be after reading this book!

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