Book review: The Secret Life of Squirrels, by Nancy Rose

Rose, Nancy. The Secret Life of Squirrels. Little, Brown and Company, 2014. $17.00. ISBN 9780316370271. Unp. Ages 3-6. P7Q6.

Rose Secret Life of SquirrelsThis is a (mock) photo-essay about Mr. Peanuts and his life. The details of his unusual life are contrasted with those of normal squirrels. I didn’t find the story especially interesting, but the author (a photographer) has set up very cute miniature scenes with hand built furniture and props to support the story. Children will find the story cute, and older children may be inspired to make their own photo essays using pets and friends. The author has given a list of tips for photographing wildlife and a Q&A page about her experience with the squirrels for this project.

January 2015 review by Carol Schramm.

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