The Busy Little Squirrel (Nancy Tafuri)

Fall Festivities Week, Day 3: Hello, everyone! Today’s book is The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri, the story of, well, a busy little squirrel!

As the fall colors come in and the leaves begin to fall from the trees, the busy little squirrel has lots to do! While his animal friends invite him to join them in their fall activities, such as basking in the sun’s rays with the cats or nibbling on pumpkins with the mice, it seems that the squirrel is simply too busy. By the end of the book, the reader can see why: he has been collecting a store of food, and now he has nestled down for a long winter’s nap.

This was a cute fall book for very young readers: it incorporates common animals, the noises they make, and some elements of autumn, yet reads very quickly and easily. The illustrations are nice, full of fall colors that JJ enjoyed. I wish that, at some point, the concept of the squirrel creating a winter supply of food and his hibernation had been explained in the text, but other than that, this is a fine fall book for little readers. Baby Bookworm approved!


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