Brian Wildsmith ~ Oxford University Press, 1974
I'd always get tickled watching tourists foreign tourists in NYC taking pictures of squirrels, as if they were some magical creature of legend. When really, here in the U.S., they are everywhere. Albiet cute and curious, they are often times more pest than pet. That said, I've rescued many a squirrel in my life. From babies fallen from trees to full-grown (probably rabid) adults staggering in Central Park. No one can resist a squirrel, no matter how unsanitary or troublesome they may be. It would take a lifetime to understand everything about this all-too-common yet mysterious creature, but here, Brian Wildsmith sums them up in a few pages... a few pages filled with his signature color and vibrancy.
It is easy to recognize a squirrel. He is a furry, small animal with a long, bushy tail, two strong back legs, two small front paws, two large tufted ears which stick up, and two big front teeth. He looks happy and mischievous.
From where squirrels live (in trees BTW) to the many uses of its tail to how they store food for the winter, this endearing book will have you wishing you had one as a pet.... though I wouldn't recommend it. Many a squirrel pet story has ended in tragedy. My neighbor whose pet squirrel was electrocuted while eating the cord on her stove... my mother who was crestfallen as a small girl when her pet squirrel returned to the wild. The adorable pets my husband and I allowed to live in our attic until they tore up all our installation. Falling in love with a squirrel is sure to end in heartbreak, so why don'y you just look at these pictures and squeal, instead.
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