From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-An appealing tale with an important message about safety. Filbert, an energetic gray squirrel wearing a red sweater and green beret, has several close calls because he forgets to look both ways before going into the street. After he survives a particularly harrowing dodge during which "Tires turn!/Rubber burns!" and "Fenders bend," he finally and tearfully gets the message. The fast pace and simple rhyme scheme of the narrative will quickly engage young readers. Rendered in ink and watercolor, the illustrations use warm autumn hues to depict adorable animal characters. The squirrels are clothed in quaint costumes that give a nostalgic tone to the pictures. Weidner does a good job of juxtaposing the enormity of the vehicles on the streets with the fragility of little Filbert. This story could be used both to entertain and to teach.-Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
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About the Author
Diane Z. Shore is the author of Bus-a-Saurus Bop. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her family.
Jessica Alexander is a first-time author. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Teri Weidner grew up in Fairport, New York, and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration. She has illustrated several books for children, including Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny by Jan Karon and Give Yourself to the Rain: Poems for the Very Young by Margaret Wise Brown. She lives with a menagerie of pets in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.