This book is a bout a fun loving squirrel named Scrappy. He goes on a little adventure with his friends from the forest to learn some things about the world outside the woods.
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By DARREN BURROW, KIM DENMAN
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The clean smell of the rain filled the air as the forest gently awakened to a new day ...
Nestled in his comfortable bed of grass and sheltered by an overhanging tree branch, a young squirrel named Scrappy is dreaming of happy times. Then, a tiny rain drop slowly wiggles its way across a big, green leaf and falls ... landing in the center of Scrappy's nose. Scrappy wrinkles his nose and his eyes slowly begin to open as he rolls over onto his back. What a great day, he thought. He couldn't wait to go down to the creek and visit Mr. Fox.
Mr. Fox told Scrappy great stories about his childhood. Scrappy was on his own now. His parents had disappeared last year when a big fire spread in the forest. But, Scrappy was doing fine now. His father always told him that a squirrel that had great friends was never alone in the world. Still, he did get lonely from time to time. And that is why he looked forward to visiting with Mr. Fox each day.
As he made his way down to the creek, several other forest animals waved at Scrappy and said "good morning" to him. Scrappy was polite, as he had been taught by his mom and dad to be, but he was on a mission to get to the creek. And, because he was a squirrel, he also knew he had to be careful and stay alert to the possible dangers in the forest. He always had his guard up because he did not want to become someone's meal. He had lost many friends like that in his short life.
As he got closer to the creek, he saw Mr. Fox taking a drink from the creek and talking to Al, the friendly alligator. Now, I know what you're thinking ... there is no way a fox and a squirrel were friends with an alligator. Well, this is a magical forest where everyone can be friends. Humans were the true predator. And all the animals in the forest knew to always keep a close watch for humans in the forest.
"Hey, Mr. Fox!" Scrappy shouted as he came within ear shot of Mr. Fox and Al. "Good morning, Al!"
"How are you doing this fine morning, Scrappy?" Mr. Fox said as he turned to look in Scrappy's direction. "Al and I were hoping you might be up for a little adventure today."
"Sure, I always like to go on adventures!" Scrappy replied energetically. And this was true ... Scrappy always seemed to get himself caught up in some type of mischief it seems.
As Mr. Fox and Scrappy began to walk down the trail beside the creek where Al floated in the water, they were heading in a direction of the forest not familiar to Scrappy. So, Scrappy asked, "Where are we going?"
"We are headed OTF," replied Mr. Fox.
"OTF?" Scrappy asked. "Where is that?"
"Outside the forest," replied Al.
"Oh boy, I've never been outside the forest before," said Scrappy. "What's it like outside the forest? Is it scary out there? Are there other animals living there?" Scrappy was really excited about this adventure outside the forest.
Mr. Fox and Al could see how excited Scrappy was about their adventure. In fact, Scrappy was so excited that he jumped around and almost fell into the creek. "Hold on, little fella!" Al shouted. Al began to laugh and started to choke on some creek water that he swallowed.
As they came closer to the end of the forest, Scrappy could hear noises he had never heard before. "What's all that noise?" Scrappy asked.
"Those are the sounds of the other world," Mr. Fox said in a mysterious voice. "They are the sounds of the humans and domestics."
"Domestics?" Scrappy asked in puzzled way.
"Yes, domestics are the animals that humans keep in their homes. Some have separate homes behind their human's house. Humans call them their pets. They take care of them and feed them every day. Some are even spoiled!" said Mr. Fox.
Scrappy was very curious. He wanted to know what domestics looked like. Were they like him? Were they like Mr. Fox or like Miss Rabbit? What did they look like? Could he make a new friend possibly? There were so many thoughts running through Scrappy's head. He could hardly stand it.
At that moment, Scrappy raced ahead of Mr. Fox and Al, but then he suddenly stopped at the edge of the forest. His eyes were wide open and he just stood there.
Then, he looked up at Mr. Fox and said, "Where are the domestics?!"
Excerpted from SCRAPPY'S ADVENTURE by DARREN BURROW, KIM DENMAN. Copyright © 2014 Darren Burrow. Excerpted by permission of AuthorHouse LLC.
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