FICTION

Nuts!

Nosy Crow. Sept. 2019. 32p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781536208245.
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PreS-K–So many nuts, so little time! One day, two squirrels find a stash of nuts and happily begin collecting as many as they can carry. However, each one believes that the nuts are theirs, and neither is willing to share with the other. Several of their forest friends try to guide the squirrels to a resolution, but to no avail: it is up to the squirrels themselves to make a decision that they can both accept. Written specifically for young children, the word ‘nuts’ is the primary, and very nearly only, word in the book: one that is immediately recognizable. However, despite the limited text, the story is clearly depicted in the mixed media illustrations. Though uncommon in presentation, readers will enjoy observing the progression and reaction of each character throughout the book. Even the snail has a memorable role! The emotions of the characters are evident, inciting empathetic reactions from readers as they have likely also experienced those feelings. Overall, this book is well designed to encourage discussion between children and caregivers about the action taking place in the story and how it connects to their everyday lives.
VERDICT Although a book of few words, this story teaches an important and valuable lesson about sharing and friendship.

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