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A Tale of Two Squirrels Paperback – January 9, 2013
About the Author
Angela T. Baron is the author and illustrator of the children's books A Tale of Two Squirrels (2013) and Squirrely Over Nuts (2010). With a BS in Zoology, she began writing for children, using nature as an outlet to teach them about various issues and entertain them at the same time. Now she has expanded to include young adults in her audience. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and also the creator of the I Otter Be® line of illustrations that are available through her website. She lives with her husband and two children in western New York.
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The little squirrel did have friends like Mr. Nibbler, the porcupine. Effie made sure she didn’t get too close to him. And then there’s the otter family who lives in a comfy den looking out over a turbulent river.
A.T. Baron’s delightful story, A Tale of Two Squirrels, reveals to young readers the difficulties animals encounter in the wild. Baron takes notice of the tragedies in their lives, but focuses mainly on the joys of life and how those lives are enhanced with the camaraderie of others.
Written in the third person narrative, Baron, a sketch artist as well as a talented author, also entertains her readers with sketches of squirrels, a shrew, an owl, and more. A Tale of Two Squirrels is a fun read for children of all ages.
Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.
Though it is a children's book, but the standard of the text sets an advent of a young adult theme. It is more of a crossing bridge between the innocence of childhood and the gradual touches of a maturing mind.
The tale evolves around Effie, a squirrel, also the main character of the story and her quest against time to secure against an incoming storm.
During this journey the author charmingly adds wonderful descriptions of her neighboring animals, with witty little names to enrich the experience, starting from Mr. Nibbler to, Buteo, to Major, and of course Simon. Specially, by creating Simon as an unique black squirrel, the author touches upon the taboo subject of racial discrimination, but with a mellow undertone, teaching moral values within the webs of the story.
Also, the development of the budding relationship between Effie and Simon is showcased in a delightful manner keeping the young innocence in mind.
This is a complete story, with it's own endearing epilogue to sum up the adorable tale.
The writing is a little elevated in standard to children's books, and the scenic descriptions portrays an alluring picture of its own.
Lastly, the illustrations form a wonderful part of the story adding beauty and grace, and a little more would have been welcome.
Overall, it is a lovely interpretation of the hidden fantasies of childhood in adults and, a learning journey for the nurturing minds.
*Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.*
This cute children’s story is enhanced by lovely illustrations of some of the animals who interact with Effy. The sequence of events is a little choppy but it is fun to see the different denizens that Effy chats with. The dangers of being a prey animal is touched on, as well as the interactions that can take place within a particular ecosystem. The different personalities glimpsed through Effy’s conversations with the other animals give an interesting perspective on their lifestyles and it would have been nice to get a longer and more in-depth look at some of them. I think that this would be a fun book for kids that will enhance their interest in the animal world, and the accurate drawings will help them recognize several different species.
A copy of this book was provided to me from the author/publisher through Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.
Fearing a storm headed her way, Effie asks her neighbors about it and that is when she encounters a male squirrel named Simon. His home was just destroyed from the last storm. When a big storm strikes the woods Effie lives in, the two squirrels seek shelter in the least likely place. The storm destroys her nest along with many other trees and homes of other animals living in the forest. As a result, the two squirrels must find a new home, together. This is a truly lovely book, which I won’t hesitate recommending to anyone else.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy from Reading Alley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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