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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: A little squirrel is looking for a place to sleep after a busy day. Every place he finds is already occupied by someone else or is not right for him: a bear, a fox, an owl, a raccoon family, a rabbit, a duck, a seal, a beaver, etc. When he finds a hole in the top of the tree, he builds himself a nest and curls up under his fluffy tail to sleep. Although this is a lovely bedtime story, it can be enjoyed any time.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 2 to 8
Reading Level: 3.6
Age of Child: Read with two brothers, ages 2 and 4.
Young Reader Reaction: We read this book a lot because the boys requested it! A lot. My children loved this book, and wanted to read it every night. They really enjoyed seeing all the animals in their natural habitat, and trying to remember the names of all the animals.
Adult Reader Reaction: As a biology major, I appreciated the exposure my children were getting to seeing the animals in each of their natural habitats. My son was so proud when he talked about the owl being "nocturnal" (relating the book to his learning in preschool about nocturnal animals). And I also appreciated giving my children an opportunity to discuss that not every habitat is right for everyone -- that, in general, sometimes there is no "right way," there is no "best bed," because everyone has different needs, different ways of doing things. The illustrations are wonderful, as well. The combination of the water color with black pen outlines and details is wonderfully executed. The pictures are realistic yet sweet, gentle, and beautiful.
Pros: This wonderfully illustrated book offers a sweet bedtime story, as well as nature-based learning.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. My kids loved reading this book over and over and over again. Every night. I can't give a better recommendation than that! Plus, the fact that I felt good about the educational and artistic exposure.
Educational Themes: There is plenty to explore. First there is habitat (where and how animals sleep, also where they live); then there are the themes of adaptation, problem solving, and no-one-right-way solutions.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.