A Squirrel’s Story: A True Tale
by Jana Bommersbach
Illustrations: Jeff Yesh
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publication: July 30th 2013
Source: Received from publisher
in exchange for an honest review
WHAT MAKES A SQUIRREL’S STORY: A TRUE TALE UNIQUE? Just how does a journalist who regularly tears apart politicians and investigates true crime write a children’s book about a mother squirrel living in her parent’s backyard? Author Jana Bommersbach has a simple answer. “My mother told me to write it, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my years, it is to do what my mother tells me!”
The true story of Shirlee Squirrel and her children, A Squirrel’s Story: A True Tale provides a spunky, yet tender glimpse into the world of gray tree squirrels, complete with factual information, dynamic narrative, and important life lessons. As young readers learn more about Rudy, Willie, Shirlee, Sammy, and Sally, perhaps they will also learn more about the strengths within themselves.
Kids Corner: Storytime Vlog
Although I only read a few pages of this book for the purpose of this storytime vlog, I have read the book in it’s entirety for the purpose of my written review. While I do believe the 48 page book is a bit too lengthy for my children to stay focused on in one sitting, I know that they will love to hear the story broken down into a few pages each night. They think it’s exciting to be left with a cliffhanger and love the anticipation of waiting to hear more of the story each time I read to them.
A Squirrel’s Story: A True Tale was fun to read and also very educational. I learned quite a bit about squirrels because of this story, and I look forward to having my girls to learn these facts, too, since we love to feed the squirrels in our neighborhood. I can only hope that we are crafty enough to pull off building our own birdhouse as we discuss in the following video. If you have any tips on building a birdhouse out of popsicle sticks — which we’ve been saving all summer waiting for the perfect craft — we would love to hear them! We’ll follow up with some pictures of our birdhouse when it’s finished. Hopefully it resembles a birdhouse. Haha.
This tale about Shirlee Squirrel and her babies is an excellent book, beautifully illustrated, and perfect for kids ages four and up! It’s a wise choice for kids that have their reading skills polished as well, perhaps third grade. I know my oldest is going to love reading this when she gets a bit more confidence in her own reading abilities.
About the Author
One of the Grand Canyon State’s most acclaimed journalists and authors, Jana Bommersbach has been a fixture in Arizona media since the early 1970s, making an indelible mark in both broadcast and print journalism. Raised in a large extended family in North Dakota, she attended graduate school at the University of Michigan before moving to the Southwest in 1972. Named Arizona’s “Journalist of the Year,” she has also been honored with two lifetime achievement awards along with multiple local, regional and national accolades. Her first book, The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd, was a national bestseller and was named Arizona’s ONEBOOKAZ selection in 2010.
Always an obedient child, Jana ventured into children’s literature because her mother told her to! Living in a historic neighborhood in the heart of downtown Phoenix, she entertains the children in her life each Christmas with the annual Hoover Street Children’s Party. With the introduction of A Squirrel’s Story—A True Tale, she looks forward to entering the children’s book market with gusto!
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