Another adorable book by Nancy Rose.
SUMMARY: This is the second Squirrel book from Nancy Rose. In this installment, Mr. Peanuts is getting ready for Christmas. His cousin invites him to his home for the holiday. Mr. Peanuts packs his convertible and goes on his way. Mr. Peanuts and Cousin Squirrel enjoy many activities including snow shoeing, building a snowman and roasting chestnuts over an open fire. On Christmas day, they are very excited to open their many presents and are not so surprised to see what they give each other.
ILLUSTRATIONS: The pages are illustrated with photographs of squirrels and props created by the author.
THE GOOD: I enjoyed this book as much if not more than the first one. I was fascinated with each and every photograph of what Mr. Peanuts and Cousin Squirrel were doing. I spent extra time looking at the props Nancy Rose created and even though I do not enjoy rodent animals, I was entranced by these little squirrels and their actions. I especially enjoyed the Christmas theme. My favorite picture was of the two squirrels reading story books--'Twas the Nut Before Christmas and The Nutcracker--on Christmas Eve. I noticed a copy of Rose's first book, The Secret Life of Squirrels in a basket nearby! As a photographer myself, I can appreciate the enormous amount of time and patience it takes to get even one good picture of animals in the wild let alone alongside of props. Ms. Rose tells how she went about accomplishing these amazing photos in the back of the book.
THE NOT AS GOOD: Although the wording of this story is a little weak and doesn't flow as smoothly as it could, I was fascinated with each and every photograph.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: This book is recommended for ages 3-6. I think that can be bumped up to age 8 as the older children will be fascinated with the photos. I highly recommend this book. It encourages imagination, curiosity, and creativity.
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