Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep

By: April Pulley Sayre

Illustrator: Steve Jenkins

Follow squirrels and their daily activities: climbing, storing seeds, making homes in tree holes—maybe even flying—as shown using Jenkin’s distinctive collage-style art. Information about “Squirrels and Their Trees.” Further reading. Full-color illustrations created with cut- and torn-paper collage.

ISBN: 9780805092516

JLG Release: Apr 2017


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Squirrels , Animal behavior and characteristics

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Awards & Honors

NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books 2017
Parents’ Choice Award Winner: Nonfiction, Recommended
Green Earth Book Award 2017 Longlist, Picture Book

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

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 wor 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

Book Details

ISBN

9780805092516

First Release

April 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 1.6; Points: 1;

Lexile

Level 230L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Henry Holt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Squirrels, Animal behavior and characteristics,

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