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Squirrels leap, squirrels sleep
First Edition.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 27 cm
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230 L Lexile
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"Squirrels wrestle. Squirrels leap. Squirrels climb. Squirrels sleep. If you followed a squirrel for a day, what would you see? Climbing branches, storing seeds, making homes in tree holes, and maybe even flying! Discover different kinds of squirrels as the scamper, eat, and, finally, sleep."


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Book E 599.36 SAY 1 1

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With its distinctive collage art style, this book follows squirrels and their daily activities: climbing, storing seeds, making homes in tree holes--maybe even flying! Discover squirrels of different kinds and colors as they scamper, eat, and--finally--sleep.Gorgeous illustrations and a lyrical text are combined in another winning title from this star-studded author-illustrator pair.

Author Notes

April Pulley Sayre is the award-winning author of more than sixty books for young readers, including Eat Like a Bear, Vulture View, and Woodpecker Wham! She lives in Indiana with her husband and a yard full of squirrels. aprilsayre.comSteve Jenkins has illustrated many picture books, including Eat Like a Bear, Vulture View, and Woodpecker Wham! by April Pulley Sayre. He was awarded a Caldecott Honor for What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?, which he created with his wife, Robin Page. They live in Boulder, Colorado, with their three children.

Reviews 5

Publisher's Weekly Review

The team behind Woodpecker Wham!, Eat Like a Bear, and other animal-centric books returns to study the ubiquitous, always-on-the-move squirrel. Both contributors are at the top of their game, capturing the habits, characteristics, and energy of squirrels in meticulous rhymes ("Meet the squirrels./ Gray. Fox. Red./ Flying squirrel/ overhead") and equally precise paper collages. Brushy, textured papers readily evoke the squirrels' soft fur, their grassy environs, and animals they coexist with; a beaver with matted fur hogs the foreground of one scene, while a bird of prey soars menacingly in another: "Paws for climbing./ Paws to pick./ Paws for cleaning./ Paws run. Quick!" In addition to paws, Sayre touches on how squirrels use their tails and other body parts, the gathering and storing of acorns, and behaviors many readers will have witnessed, such as rapid chases around tree trunks. A closing section thoroughly explores details about squirrels alluded to in the verse, and a closing image of a squirrel curled up in a nest might just help calm children who are feeling a bit squirrelly themselves. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Emily Mitchell, Wernick & Pratt. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Gray, fox, red, and flying squirrels are the subject of the latest book from this talented duo. Lively rhyming text describes the active creatures, while the paper-collage art shows them climbing, stretching, and peeking out from the pages. Additional information on squirrels and the trees they depend on renders the book useful for report writing as well as storytime. Reading list. (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Squirrels red, gray, flying! Collaborators Sayre and Jenkins (including Woodpecker Wham!, 2015) present these familiar animals acting in ways children might have seen out their living room windows. The frenetic activities that mark squirrel behavior roll into pithy observations of how they use their parts (Nose for sniffing. / Jaws to chew), how they gather food, and the way they make nests. Each spread features four lines of text, with plenty of action words, illustrated by Jenkins' cut-and-torn-paper collages, which have plenty of movement of their own. Alternating big, bushy-tailed squirrels with smaller portraits that accent close-ups of behavior, the squirrels often look their observers right in the eye, just as in real life. Jenkins has taken a few liberties with squirrel colors (purple?), and in one line, Sayre asks, Can you guess what squirrels think? These embellishments add a fanciful touch to a fact-filled book. The very informative afterword fills out the details of squirrel behavior and supplies plenty of information about how trees help squirrels and vice versa.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2016 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Sayre introduces four types of squirrels in this rhyming nonfiction picture book. The gray squirrel, the fox squirrel, the red squirrel, and the flying squirrel zigzag across the branches and the book's pages. "Nose for sniffing./Jaws to chew./Eyes for looking/back at you." The pictures illustrate the creatures exploring their world, sniffing at flowers, chomping on acorns or seeds, and pausing at the creek to drink. Squirrels can hide under their tails, using them as umbrellas, when it rains. They also use their tails for balance or even as a flag. They have "paws for climbing./Paws to pick./Paws for cleaning./Paws run. Quick!" While there is a smattering of information in the main text, the bulk of facts are located in the back matter. Topics there include "Tails as Tools," "Early Life," "Feeding Times," and "Squirrels: The Planters." Children doing reports will learn about what the rodents eat, where they live, what scientific family and order they belong to, and how they contribute to the ecosystem. Jenkins's artwork is done with ink and cut- and torn-paper collage, produced in such a way that the pictures appear realistic and almost totally hand-drawn. Each page has merely four lines of text or so, with the rest of the layout reserved for the brilliant artwork. VERDICT A fine introductory and informational book that would be equally at home in picture book and nonfiction collections.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Sayre and Jenkins (Vulture View, 2007, etc.) collaborate again, here exploring the habits of squirrels.Four squirrel species native to the U.S. are introduced, but Jenkins cut-paper collages focus on the eastern fox squirrel. Sayres simple verses are delivered in short, staccato rhythms, occasionally asking readers to speculate or reflect. Squirrels chirp. / Squirrels drink. / Can you guess / what squirrels think? (A groundhog is pictured, without comment, in the accompanying spread.) The pictures nimbly extend the compressed text, showing a squirrel fleeing an avian predator and digging to bury acorns. An ensuing spread shows a row of acorns, buried in the earth below a dusting of snow. Five are hidden. / Will they sprout? A page turn shows four acorns in various stages of sprouting, while the fifth, sporting a small hole in its surface, remains inert. Additional information about squirrel habitat is appended, along with suggestions for fostering it by planting trees. Apt verse and appealing visuals provide young naturalists with a springboard for discussion and further discovery. (notes, bibliography of adult sources, website) (Informational picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.