Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Ol' Mama Squirrel

Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein (author of Leaves and Interrupting Chicken) shows kids just how much their moms love them and the lengths to which a mother would go in order to protect her children.

Mama Squirrel knew that there was “no shortage of creatures that would love to snack on a baby squirrel,” but she refused to let it happen. Whenever any type of danger came near—cat, owl, dog—Mama Squirrel jumped into action. She even tried to scare away a kite that flew into the tree! The noise that she would make, “chook, chook, chook!” was so loud and frightening that a dog thought that she was crazy and said: “They must put crazy powder in the nuts around here!”
Mama squirrel was able to scare everything away until the day a grizzly bear came and climbed up her tree. She used her best “chook, chook, chook!” but it wasn’t enough to scare away the bear. So, she pelted him with nuts. Instead of running away, the bear laughed and told her that he could eat her whole family! Mama Squirrel wasn’t going to let anything happen to her kids; she didn’t back down. Instead, she enlisted the help of all of the other mama squirrels nearby, and together they scolded the bear and threw nuts at him until he ran away for good.
Kids, like the rest of us, never tire of hearing just how much they are loved. This book is a great reminder!

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