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The Raggedy Red Squirrel

The Raggedy Red Squirrel

by Hope Ryden

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- This photodocumentary captures the behavior of a North American red squirrel as she feeds, builds a nest, raises her family, and shares territory with a gray squirrel. The format is similar to that of Ryden's The Wild Colt (Coward, 1972; o.p.) with its large print and a full-color photograph per page. The clear pictures show some delightful closeups of the mother struggling to keep her babies from falling from their birdhouse home and of the babies first venturing out onto tree branches. Although the text is slightly anthropomorphic in tone, ascribing feeling such as being annoyed, angry, and enraged in specific situations, a balance is maintained by the use of facts about squirrels and by the photographs. This works to make the book more personal for young children, who often see and hear these creatures in their own backyards. The final page offers more information for older readers and adults sharing the book with a young audience. Most libraries will find this to be a useful addition for their animal collections alongside Lane's The Squirrel (Dial, 1981), illustrated by Kenneth Lilly. --Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ
Karen Hutt
Ryden observes a small tree squirrel, commonly known as a red squirrel, as it makes a nest and cares for its offspring in her backyard. A large full-color photograph on each page perfectly captures the squirrel's activities as described in the accompanying text, and Ryden unobtrusively incorporates information about the habits of the red squirrel and its larger adversary, the gray squirrel. The clarity of presentation makes the book an excellent choice for reading aloud or for sharing with an individual child. An afterword provides more information about both species of squirrel, including notes on mating habits and Latin names. A good introduction to Schlein's "Squirrel Watching" , written for middle readers.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
9.35(w) x 9.81(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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