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|Ol' Mama Squirrel|
Author: Stein, David Ezra
Ol' Mama Squirrel has raised many babies and kept them all safe from predators, but she may have met her match when a determined grizzly bear threatens to eat her entire family tree.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.70
Points: .5 Quiz: 157298
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 2.30
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 60150
Kirkus Reviews (02/15/13)
School Library Journal (04/01/13)
The Hornbook (00/05/13)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2013 PreS-Gr 2—An overly protective mother squirrel shelters her babies from all types of intruders, including a niggling cat and a nosy, sniffing dog. She also scolds kites and waves her paws at airplanes flying overhead. Clattering "chook chook chook" in high and low branches, she sends gullible intruders on their way with great dispatch. Then one day a great, growling grizzly bear climbs into their safe haven. Mama Squirrel pelts him with nuts and takes her "chook chook chook" sound alarm to the next level. "Not on my watch!" she howls. Hundreds of mama squirrels come out of the woodwork, scolding the bear and throwing nuts at him. After he flees the scene, the townsfolk honor Ol' Mama Squirrel by constructing a plaque on the spot where she scolded the grizzly. "If you're ever in town, you should go see it…if you can get anywhere near it." Stein's expressive watercolor and ink illustrations fill each spread. Zany, blocklike animals are drawn with animated gestures, drawing readers into the humorous, but caring subject of a mother's love. Storytellers will find themselves animating Mama's frantic gestures and youngsters will enjoy the short, fast-paced passages on each page.—Krista Welz, The North Bergen Public Library, NJ - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/01/2013 Ol’ Mama Squirrel scolds everyone who comes close to the babies in her tree. Cats, owls, dogs, even the arborist—all are met with a formidable “chook chook chook!” But when a “great growling grizzly” will not be deterred, Ol’ Mama Squirrel calls in reinforcements. All the squirrels of the city come to her aid and, in a singular, projectile assault (using nuts, of course), chase the bear away. Order is restored, a plaque is erected, and Ol’ Mama Squirrel returns to her irascible, protective ways. Stein matches a particularly colloquial telling with loose, chunky watercolors in a restrained green and brown palette, adding hilarity to a folkloric tale with sweetly comedic effect. Genial details, like the Squirrel family’s heart-shaped hole in the tree, compound the agreeable fun. Happy children will demand multiple readings of this insouciant, affable outing. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.