Monday, March 25, 2013

Ol' Mama Squirrel


Ol' Mama Squirrel
by David Ezra Stein
Penguin, 2013,  Unpaged.  Picture Book.

     Ol' Mama Squirrel takes care of her kids, Twiggy, Nutley, and Chip, by terrorizing anything that comes within spitting distance of their tree."Chook, chook, chook" is her chattering cry as she chases away dogs, owls, a kite, and an airplane. But then a hungry bear comes along.  Has Mama met her match?  No such!  She races with her babies to another tree and out into the park where she rounds up all the other nutsy (you'll excuse the expression) mother squirrels and they get rid of that bear in no time flat.  The people around the park are so grateful to Ol' Mother Squirrel that they put up a plaque in her honor which you could see when you went to the park if she would let you get close enough.  Anyone who has ever been terrorized by an angry (is there any other kind?) squirrel should find something to identify with in this charming picture book.  (We used to have a squirrel who would drop rotten pears on the hood of our car because he thought our garage was his garage.  And maybe it was!)

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