The Squirrels' Busy Year: A First Science Storybook


Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Martin Jenkins
Illustrator: Richard Jones
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Year: 2018
ISBN: 9780763696009
Pages: 28

Winter is cold. The squirrels cuddle in their nest to stay warm when they aren't out looking for the acorns they've buried. Spring is warm. The squirrels are out looking for food like the yummy maple tree buds and bulbs that they dig up from the ground. Summer is hot. There is thunder and lightning. Fall is cool. Now that there are acorns, the squirrels are busy collecting them to save underground for winter.

While the book is for very young readers, the scientific concepts that are talked about in the book have some really complex ideas that will not be appropriate for the intended audience. The author includes some explanation of different concepts at the beginning of the book, like the tilting of the earth, what clouds are made of, and why thunderstorms are more common in the summer. The book really covers a wide variety of differences between the seasons, so the book could work for a variety of ages, though some concepts can be skipped because they are too simple or complex depending on the audience.