"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'the'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
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.