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Earl the Squirrel Paperback – July 30, 2008

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PreSchool-Grade 2—Earl, a young squirrel, learns about responsibility and resourcefulness in Don Freeman's delightful tale (Viking, 2005). Earl's mother wants him to learn how to hunt for acorns, rather than relying on his human friend, Jill. His mother believes he is being spoiled, especially after Jill gives him a scarlet scarf. Earl is determined to make his mother proud, and with the help of his multi-purpose scarf, he returns home with acorns. The whimsical music and excellent sound effects bring Earl and the other characters to life. J. J. Myers' narration is spot-on, providing a squeaky young voice for Earl and a scolding tone for his mother. One track contains page-turn signals. The red scarf is the only element of color in Freeman's black-and-white scratchboard illustrations. An excellent choice for story time and for the classroom.—Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY
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Young squirrel Earl is helped by his human friend, Jill, who gives him an acorn and a nutcracker. Earl’s mother fears that her son is too dependent on his friend. But Earl uses another gift, a red scarf, to prove he can make his own way in the world. Written and illustrated by the late Don Freeman, best known for the classic Corduroy (1968), this read-along has enough action and humor to engage youngsters. Myers’ narration and natural background sounds perfectly complement Freeman’s wry tale and black-and-white scratchboard illustrations (the red scarf is the only splash of color). Well-managed vocal changes for all characters—ranging from squirrels and a haughty owl and an angry bull to Jill—help this story leap from page to ear. Perfect for autumn story hours and for introducing youngsters to familiar animals in the wild. The price includes a paperback book. Preschool-Grade 2. --Connie Rockman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Live Oak Media; Pap/Com edition (July 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430104163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430104162
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,814,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If there is something familiar about the way "Earl the Squirrel" is drawn, that is simply because he is the creation of Don Freeman, the writer-artist of the classic picture book "Corduroy." So inside you will find the familiar black & white scratchboard art of Freeman, with a touch of red here and there for Earl's scarf and for the eyes of a particularly large and unhappy animal that Earl encounters.

The situation is that early one autumn morning a mother gray squirrel sits down her young son, Earl, and tells him, "It is high time you went out and learned how to find acorns on your own." Now, Earl does not know much about gathering acorns so he goes to visit his friend Jill, a young girl who lives in the house near the tree where Earl lives with his mother. Jill not only gives him an acorn that she has been saving, but a nutcracker to help him open it. So Earl proudly goes back to his mother, eager to show her what he has found, but she takes one look at him, sits him down in the hole in the tree where they live, and informs Earl that he is not about to become the most spoiled squirrel in the world. Earl returns the nutcracker (but not the acorn), but Jill has another present; a red scarf that he wears around his neck. This does not go over with his mother either.

Earl knows that his mother is right and that he has to learn to go out and find acorns on his own, so he goes out in the middle of the night, armed only with this new red scarf, to do just that. It is a long cold night and when Earl finally finds an oak tree with plenty of acorns it turns out his red scarf is a liability. Fortunately, Earl is a lucky little squirrel, and the moral of Freeman's should be clear to his young readers even if he only shows the point and does not tell them.
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Earl is a child squirrel that his mama says is time he goes out to find his own acorns. But instead he goes to the house and a little girl in the window gives him the nuts. Later the little girl gives him a red scarf she thinks will help him stay warm. But his mama says he certainly is spoiled and that he needs to go find his own nuts. So he does go out to make his mama happy. With the red scarf it helps him get the nuts he needs and at the end of the book he takes the scarf back and leaves it with an acorn as a thank you to the little girl. a special storybook of caring for one another.
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In this squirrel coming of age story Earl's mom tells him it's time to venture out and find his own acorn. At the same time his human friend gives him an acorn and a nut cracker (and later a red scarf). His mother is not pleased with this at all. She calls him spoiled and tells him he has to behave like a squirrel! Earl is sweet and crafty and not a bit petulant with his bossy mother. My 4 year old loves this book so much I found it in his bed the next morning along with the cup of acorns he's been collecting. As a bonus, I've never seen him wind down so fast during our bedtime routine.
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My granddaughter Katie LOVES this book especially the part where Earl's mother tells him she wants to speak to him. She laughs every time I read that part to her. I love that all of the illustrations are in black & white except for the red scarf! What a contrast! It really makes the book unique! A great story for every child to read!!!Everyone should have a copy of this book in their home!!!!
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I bought this book simply for the artwork in it, but the story is just as good. My daughter loves to look at the pictures in this book, they are very well done and extremely artistic. I love children's pictures books, and the illustrations in this one are some of the best available.
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This book is truly a great find. My grandson loves having this book read to him and he joins in every time the mother wants to speak to Earl. We have ordered all of the other books by this author.
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My 3 year old little girl adores this book. She's had me read it to her so many times that she sits and "reads" it on her own. I love the black, white and red contrast illustrations.
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