A Squirrel’s Story: A True Tale

One of my greatest pleasures is cuddling with my children.  My oldest child is a cuddle bug by nature and his younger siblings often follow his lead and pile close to me if I sit down.  Cold weather is the perfect excuse to cuddle on the couch by the fire with a good book, so as soon as the weather cooled down I was on the search for a some new fall children’s books to read with my little ones.  A Squirrel’s Story: A True Tale is a new book by Jana Bommersbach.  The title of this story immediately caught my attention.  Squirrels can be quite entertaining creatures so I was definitely curious as to what this story entailed.  It also raised a very interesting question, “What would you say if you could speak squirrel?”

This story is told from the point of view of a female squirrel named Shirlee.  She is the mamma to two baby squirrels, Sally and Sammy.  This is a sweet story about a mamma’s love for her family.  This cute mamma squirrel decides to raise her babies in a bird house to keep them safe from a big black cat.  Author, Jana Bommersbach actually got the idea for this book from her own mother.  You can find out where the inspiration came from in the short interview with the author in the video below.

Not only is this a great fall read, but this story is also a great resource for teachers and parents.  In fact, the book includes a curriculum guide!  After reading the story you and your child can engage in reading, writing, and/or listening activities.  If you want to get creative, there is a great list of activities you can do that are related to this story.  My son really liked these activities.  Additional online resources are provided in this section of the book including a website you can visit to hear the sound that a gray squirrel makes!  I personally love to explore nature with my kids. It is fun to see them make discoveries.  This is a great book to read on a nice fall day because you can go outside and explore nature.  Search for nuts, flowers, bugs, and more!  You can go to a park or simply explore your own backyard.  After all, Shirlee the squirrel raised her family right in Ruby and Willie’s backyard!

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Buy It!

A Squirrel’s Story: A True Tale is available for purchase online at the Five Star Publications website.  This book would make a great gift for your child’s teacher!

LittleFiveStar provided me with a copy of A Squirrel’s Story for review purposes only.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.


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2 Responses to A Squirrel’s Story: A True Tale

  1. Ann B. says:

    Aw…a lot of people do not like squirrels…but I love them. They are so awesome.. all with different personalities…

  2. Pam L says:

    True story: 2 years ago, I moved into a house and noticed a nursing mother squirrel living in the front tree. I started feeding her everyday, bird seed, nuts, apples etc. Not enough food to become dependent on me, just supplemental.

    She started to become pushy wanting food…she would run up to car when I got home wanting fed. People would come visit and she would go to their car doors waiting for food.

    One day in the fall, I came home from work, it was dark and I opened the door and I thought a rock had hit me on the head. Scared the crap out of me. I turned on the light and seen it was a walnut. I did not think much of it.

    Next day I notice walnuts all over the top of our doorways, the front and back of the house. She started leaving us walnuts. She keep leaving us walnuts all summer.

    That summer she had 2 babies, a male and a female.
    I kept feeding and watering the family all winter.

    Then this Spring, I noticed the only squirrel I had was the male and a new female….I think he kicked his mom and sister out. I believe they went 2 doors down (I could tell by their tails and coloration.)

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