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The Secret Life of Squirrels
     

The Secret Life of Squirrels

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by Nancy Rose
 

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An irresistible photographic story featuring wild squirrels in homemade miniature domestic settings -- taking a bath, doing laundry, and barbecuing -- will surprise and amuse readers and animal lovers of all ages!

Adorable squirrels as you've never seen them!

You may think you know what squirrels do all day...but Mr. Peanuts is no ordinary squirrel.

Overview

An irresistible photographic story featuring wild squirrels in homemade miniature domestic settings -- taking a bath, doing laundry, and barbecuing -- will surprise and amuse readers and animal lovers of all ages!

Adorable squirrels as you've never seen them!

You may think you know what squirrels do all day...but Mr. Peanuts is no ordinary squirrel. Instead of climbing tress, he plays the piano. ("Moonlight Sonutta" is his favorite.) Instead of scurrying through the woods, he reads books (such as A Tail of Two Cities). But everything is more fun with company, so Mr. Peanuts writes a letter to Cousin Squirrel and invites him for a visit!

Featuring candid photographs of wild squirrels in handcrafted, homemade miniature settings, this irresistible book is sure to delight readers young and old!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/08/2014
Photographer Rose’s photographs of squirrels interacting with miniature props of her own making earned her a following on the photo website Flickr. Now, she crafts a picture-book narrative around several such photos, introducing Mr. Peanuts, a “rather unusual squirrel” who is seen tending to a miniature gas grill, playing a tiny piano (“His favorite piece is Moonlight Sonata. Most squirrels would find that piece quite difficult to play”), reading, and tidying up before the arrival of Cousin Squirrel. Images of twigs frame several photos, which show Mr. Peanuts and his cousin “playing” chess, dining at a picnic table (with a cocktail umbrella for shade), and enjoying a cake topped with acorns. “ will inspect and explore anything if peanuts are involved,” Rose says in a q&a at book’s end, explaining how she has created a photo studio for her miniature scenes off her house’s deck. The storyline is little more than a vehicle to showcase Rose’s photos, but those images should pique the interest of casual readers and prospective photographers, who can try the wildlife photography tips she offers. Ages 3–6. Agent: Jackie Kaiser, Westwood Creative Artists. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marybeth C. Gaffney
Mr. Peanuts is a very well-rounded squirrel. He goes about his day just like you and I. Most squirrels spend their time gathering nuts. Not Mr. Peanuts. He spends his day cooking, playing the piano, and reading. Mr. Peanuts would like some company. He enjoys his alone time but also wishes for a friend to share his day with. Mr. Peanuts writes a letter to Cousin Squirrel inviting him for a visit. Cousin Squirrel would love to visit. Mr. Peanuts prepares by cleaning his house, baking a cake and doing the laundry. Mr. Peanuts and Cousin Squirrel have such a nice time together. They play games together, camp and even eat ice cream. The book is beautifully illustrated with actual photos. Each page offers so much to see. Mr. Peanuts is portrayed as a “human” making for a very entertaining read. The photography almost takes away from the text. Looking over and over again at the pages is a must. The photography blend of the squirrels, along with miniature sized household fixtures and tasks, is done beautifully. Young kids will find this book very entertaining. Each page is unique in itself. Those interested in photography will appreciate the author’s notes at the end of the book. Rose provides some tips on photographing wildlife as well as a nice Q & A section. Also included is a website link. Reviewer: Marybeth C. Gaffney; Ages 3 to 6.
School Library Journal
12/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Rose photographs wild squirrels exploring miniature dollhouse-type sets constructed in her backyard. The story is built around the photos of squirrels interacting with tiny, handmade props. Readers first meet Mr. Peanuts as he pursues his hobbies: cooking on a grill, playing a piano, and engaging with several books in a library set. Feeling lonely, Mr. Peanuts pens a letter, inviting Cousin Squirrel to visit. He prepares for his friend's arrival by cleaning his house, baking a cake, and taking a bath. Once Cousin Squirrel arrives, the two animals sit in a wagon together, enjoy a picnic, and camp out. Rather than being plot- or character-driven, the text seems to exist only to showcase and loosely tie the pictures together. The book ends with "Ten Tips for Photographing Wildlife" and a "Q & A with Nancy Rose." Children may enjoy visually examining Mr. Peanuts' miniature world, but the lackluster text makes this an additional purchase.—Laura Hunter, Mount Laurel Library, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316370271
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/21/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
43,000
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Rose is a photographer living in Canada. Her popular photos of wild squirrels in handcrafted settings, taken in her backyard, have attracted a wide following on Flickr, and have been featured in the Washington Post, the London Times, and Buzzfeed, among many others. She is the author of The Secret Life of Squirrels and Merry Christmas, Squirrels!

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The Secret Life of Squirrels 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic photography, wonderful story, great for all ages, in my opinion.
TropicalHouston More than 1 year ago
This is one of the cutest and ingeniously worded childrens' books I've bought in a long time.  It was well illustrated with photography, using real squirrelsin the story.  I bought it for my 5 year-old grandson's birthday and the older grand kids enjoyed it also, noting the clever way the story was written.  At the end of the story, were notes from the author/photographer showing how she photographed the squirrels.  Nancy Rose has another book coming out for Christmas, 2015, and I plan to pre-ordered this book.  I can't wait!  Thanks, Nancy Rose, for such cute books!