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!
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.