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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 200L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689873417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689873416
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The air was getting cold. It was time for Squirrel to get ready for winter." As Squirrel dashes around the farm and meadow, his animal friends invite him to join their games: "Will you hop rocks with us?" ask the frogs. "Will you run in the field with us?" ask the dogs. The answer to each invitation is the same: "Squirrel couldn't. . . . He was so busy!" The ink-and-watercolor pictures show squirrel's flurry of activity, as he collects berries and nuts, and prepares his nest for winter. At last, an owl family invites Squirrel to admire the moon, but Squirrel can't—he's fast asleep! As in Tafuri's other titles, the basic words and large, clearly defined pictures of familiar animals are perfectly suited for preschool read-alouds. Kids will enjoy chanting along with the story's refrain, while those just learning to read will appreciate the big letters and short sentences. Filled with images of falling leaves, pumpkins, and other signs of autumn, this is a good choice for primary-grade unitsabout the seasons. Engberg, Gillian

About the Author

Nancy Tafuri is the much-loved creator of more than thirty books for young children, including the Caldecott Honor Book Have You Seen My Duckling? and I Love You, Little One. She lives with her husband and daughter in Roxbury, Connecticut.

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The illustrations are beautiful too!!
L. Pedersen
I still think it's lovely and it might have been my reading.
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I recommend this book for both home and classroom libraries.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Deborah V VINE VOICE on October 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We have a lot of squirrels around the house and my granddaughters love to watch their antics. This book gave them some insight into how a squirrel lives when he isn't chasing his buddies up and down the trees and jumping onto roofs and doing other fun acrobatics with his pals. There are discussion points about what squirrel does in the winter, where does he live, how does he store his food and more. The illustrations are large and colorful and the dialogue simple; the two to four year old crowd at our house loves it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Pedersen on November 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My daughter is 17 months old, and she just loves this story. It's a simple book, but there is a cute story for her to follow. She loves that as the busy squirrel (who is collecting a variety of food for fall) runs by each animal, she can hear me read the animal noise: "squeek, sweet, croak, meow, woof, and hoo-hoo." She likes to repeat these noises. She also gets to see all the different food that squirrel collects: apples, seeds, berries, nuts, and corn. I think that it is a great little first-learning book. The illustrations are beautiful too!! I highly recommend this book. I am always looking for books that are engaging and teach something that tell a story (as opposed to books that just have a picture and a name of something on each page). This fits the bill!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The bright illustrations and spare text make this a perfect choice for fall story times, especially for the youngest of preschoolers. The author does a masterful job of introducing squirrels while also telling a really cute story. The squirrel often times seems larger than life as he bustles about getting ready for winter. He can't join any of the animals who call out to him because he's got things to do. The final panel showing the squirrel fast asleep gives a perfect opportunity to introduce hibernation and the coming winter. A big recommend for both it's succinct tezt and beautiful illustrations. This one needs to be part of every permanent story time collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Jenny Evolution on November 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Little Busy Squirrel is a simple tale about a squirrel getting ready for winter. He collects acorns, berries and corn as the animals ask him to spend time with him. But he's too busy!' The story has nice word repetition (think of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle") and wonderful illustrations. We enjoyed finding the bugs amid the pictures and talking about the different animals. Our personal favorite bird is a cardinal so my boys were thrilled to see it here.

I thought the story might be too simple for my six year old but he loved thinking about why we see the squirrels in our yard running about. He was concerned letting out dog out into the yard because he didn't want her to get in the way of the squirrels doing their job. What more could you ask for from a book?

MY TWO CENTS: The Busy Little Squirrel is a delightful book for toddlers, preschoolers and beginning readers that has engaging illustrations and teaches children about hybernation.
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By Avid Reader on February 26, 2015
Format: Board book
I read someone's post who below who said this book is only good because she uses fun creative voices. She gives the author zero credit and says it's because of her great voices that this book is fun for the kids. I think regardless of the book you're reading, you neeeed to be using fun, creative voices. This book is a boring read for me, a 31 year old woman, but for a baby, this book is great. By the time my daughter was 7 months old (I'd been reading to her since she was born).. this book was clearly a favorite of hers. It uses a lot of repetition which explains why the kids like it.. they thrive on repetition. This book does a great job, the illustrations captivate my daughter better than some other popular children's authors. So, I give this book two thumbs up. I didn't want to like it, but my daughter loves it. lol. I personally don't see the moral of the story. But my daughter loves it. LOL. so I would recommend this book. It doesn't have a bad moral, it's just.. about a squirrel who has no time to enjoy life. lol.
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By HMS on September 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love the illustrations and the "busy" theme. The only pictures that don't look real are the bales of hay. It took 3 adults to agree that was what they were.

There is repetition in the story, great for early readers who like to chime in. I like the fact that the squirrel collects his winter food throughout the story while other animals want him to play. But he is too busy!
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By inferiordecorator on October 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I haven't had a chance to present this to my class of mild special needs preschoolers but I think they are going to love it. It's a simple story with lovely, clear illustrations of familiar animals.

addendum: My class was less than excited, but I'll try again next fall. I still think it's lovely and it might have been my reading.
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This is a simple story of a squirrel preparing for the upcoming winter. The repetitive line "but squirrel was too busy" allows young children to predict what will happen next, which is an important pre-reading skill. I recommend this book for both home and classroom libraries.
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More About the Author

Nancy Tafuri is probably best known as the creator of Have You Seen My Duckling?, a 1985 Caldecott Honor Book described by Parent's Choice as "beautifully precise yet emotionally affecting." Trained as a graphic designer, Tafuri has authored more than 50 books over 30 years for the very young.
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