When my grandfather was alive and still living in his house, he had a daily lunchtime routine: He would sit outside of his backyard workshop, drink a glass of milk, and eat a sliced apple with peanuts (always in-the-shell) that he kept in a coffee can. His yard was full of creatures like mice and birds and squirrels. Lots of squirrels. Squirrels who loved peanuts, maybe as much as my grandfather. As you can imagine, my grandfather and the squirrels became close friends. Close enough that he hand-fed at least one of them. To extend my, and my grandfather’s, appreciation for squirrels, today I recommend a picture book about a man, a hat, a cat, and squirrels:
This sweet story is about a man, a cat named Hat, and a yard full of peanut-loving squirrels. The man loves Hat, but doesn’t let him out, for fear he will leave or chase the squirrels…or worse. But, one day, the man isn’t there to love Hat or feed the squirrels. Then someone new comes along, and Hat gets the chance to go out. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next, but I promise you will be treated to a heartfelt conclusion. Eve Coy’s charming watercolor and pencil illustrations are perfectly suited for Troy Wilson’s simple, yet heartwarming text. You won’t want to miss this lovely, emotional story about trust and friendship.
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Heather is a busy wife and mom of five rambunctious children and one lovable pup They all provide lots of distractions, but oodles of inspiration. Sometimes the pictures and ideas in her head turn into her own children's stories, but she always makes time to read other people's books. Sometimes she reviews them here.