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Ol' Mama Squirrel Hardcover – March 21, 2013

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PreS-Gr 2-An overly protective mother squirrel shelters her babies from all types of intruders, including a niggling cat and a nosy, sniffing dog. She also scolds kites and waves her paws at airplanes flying overhead. Clattering "chook chook chook" in high and low branches, she sends gullible intruders on their way with great dispatch. Then one day a great, growling grizzly bear climbs into their safe haven. Mama Squirrel pelts him with nuts and takes her "chook chook chook" sound alarm to the next level. "Not on my watch!" she howls. Hundreds of mama squirrels come out of the woodwork, scolding the bear and throwing nuts at him. After he flees the scene, the townsfolk honor Ol' Mama Squirrel by constructing a plaque on the spot where she scolded the grizzly. "If you're ever in town, you should go see it...if you can get anywhere near it." Stein's expressive watercolor and ink illustrations fill each spread. Zany, blocklike animals are drawn with animated gestures, drawing readers into the humorous, but caring subject of a mother's love. Storytellers will find themselves animating Mama's frantic gestures and youngsters will enjoy the short, fast-paced passages on each page.-Krista Welz, The North Bergen Public Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Ol’ Mama Squirrel scolds everyone who comes close to the babies in her tree. Cats, owls, dogs, even the arborist—all are met with a formidable “chook chook chook!” But when a “great growling grizzly” will not be deterred, Ol’ Mama Squirrel calls in reinforcements. All the squirrels of the city come to her aid and, in a singular, projectile assault (using nuts, of course), chase the bear away. Order is restored, a plaque is erected, and Ol’ Mama Squirrel returns to her irascible, protective ways. Stein matches a particularly colloquial telling with loose, chunky watercolors in a restrained green and brown palette, adding hilarity to a folkloric tale with sweetly comedic effect. Genial details, like the Squirrel family’s heart-shaped hole in the tree, compound the agreeable fun. Happy children will demand multiple readings of this insouciant, affable outing. Preschool-Grade 2. --Thom Barthelmess
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: AD570L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books; First Edition edition (March 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399256725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399256721
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the cutest book ever. My grandkids love this and want to read it all the time. They love the single word the squirrel says to scare away the creatures trying to invade his tree and his squirrel family. It is so funny and your kids will enjoy it over and over. Pictures are so cute.
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I read this no less than 4 times to my niece in a two day span. She loved it! Great story for kids to follow along and pertinent to this time of year when Squirrels are nesting with their young and seem to be yelling at passersby in the park that get too close to their trees. Really lets kids know that squirrels (and all animals) are great parents and should be left alone to raise their babies naturally. The images in this book were also fantastic. Would highly recommend it!
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As a school librarian in a preschool building I have the opportunity to read to 3- and 4- year-olds several times a week! They loved this book!!
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If I ever had a fight, I want Ol Mama Squirrel on my team! Inventive, funny, and defender of her territory, ol Mama Squirrel will do just about anything to protect her young. Finally, after exhausting every trick, she must find a way to protect her home from a very, large predator. And she does, and it's wonderful. A great story about standing firm, using your brain and teamwork. Great read aloud book!
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My professor recommended this book to me after I had to work hard advocating for him. Wow, it touched my heart so much and was so reflective to my experience. This book will always remind me of the importance of advocating for our children and supporting them in every way we can.
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My 20 month old loves this book. We live in the suburbs and she sees A LOT of squirrels, I think that adds to her enjoyment of this story. I usually have to read this book 2 or 3 times before she grows tired of hearing me say Chook Chook Chook (how Ol' Mama Squirrel scolds folks who approach her babies.)
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I bought this book as a gift for my neice. She and her children love it! As a librarian, I feel qualified to compare it to other children's books and I know it ranks with some of the best.
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Wonderfully funny with playful language. My daughter wants me to read this book to her almost every night. Ol' Mamma Squirrel makes you feel like those protective little things you do for your kids are a little more endearing --to both you and your kids--much like when you joke with your own mom about her always saying "I'm cold! You need a sweater." Ok mom :)
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