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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Scratchy is always itchy. An active squirrel who loves to run around collecting and eating all kinds of nuts, he finds this one itch rather annoying. Also annoying is Mr. Bald Eagle who often hovers and threatens Scratchy, forcing him to run and hide. Otherwise, Scratchy has a pleasant life, with a lovely treehouse that he built himself. Mrs. Farmer often gives him treats and chases away Mr. Bald Eagle. So, Scratchy’s used to having friends and being friendly. When finding a bumblebee struggling to fly with broken wings, he thinks nothing of trying to help her. In the process, he teaches Miss Bee how to accept help graciously and, in turn, reach out to help others as Scratchy did to Miss Bee.
Paul Yanuziello’s early chapter book, Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends, is all about friendships: caring for others despite the obvious differences. The language is simple to help young readers with their language skills. The font is large and bold and the illustrations soft and engaging. The plot follows Scratchy as he introduces his lifestyle, his home, and what he likes to eat best. After befriending Miss Bee, Scratchy shares what he learns about bumblebees. Then the story follows Miss Bee as she recovers from her injury, learns to fly again, and finds a hive of her own, in the process sharing some interesting facts about bumblebees and her particular type of bumblebee. And, if you're wondering about Scratchy's irritable itch, read the story and see how the issue is resolved. The story ends with a list of interesting fun facts for young readers. The story is engaging, entertaining, and educational, packed with powerful messages about friendships and helping others in need. Loved it!