Tuesday, March 25, 2008
An inspiring tale of surviving against all odds is what you'll find in The Squirrel, the Worm, and the Nut Trees by Jimmie Powell.
Mr. Squirrel goes off to gather nuts so his family will have enough food for the winter, but when he gets to the nut trees he finds silk worm webs have destroyed the nuts. And worse, Mr. Worm doesn't care.
The Squirrel family makes it through that hard, long winter by rationing their food, all the while making plans for how they can outsmart Mr. Worm and be sure to have enough to eat next winter.
The Squirrel, the Worm, and the Nut Trees is a fun and easy way to show children the advantages of ingenuity. Through the Squirrel family's struggles children see how working together and creating a plan can make all the difference.
My children, ages 4 and 6, loved this book. The detailed and vibrant illustrations immediately captured their attention. They picked up on the personality traits of each character. My six-year-old called Mr. Worm sneaky and mean. And while I don't know if this was the author's intention, I think this would make a great book on how to handle bullies without resorting to violence and meanness.
The Squirrel, the Worm, and The Nut Trees is sure to be a winner with kids everywhere.
Title: The Squirrel, the Worm, and the Nut Trees
Author: Jimmie Powell
Publisher: Outskirts Press
U.S. Price: $15.95