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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
The squirrel, then the cat, then the dog, then the ferret, all had their turn with the terrible itch, until they touched each other. There was nothing to see, just the terrible itch. They tried to consult a veterinarian, then a doctor, but each one turned them away. But upon touching each other, the itch disappeared.
Fleas can be unbearable for animals and humans. And, wouldn’t you know it, but it is a human, the doctor himself, who suffers the flea in the end. But that was after the ferret stuck his paw in water and almost condemned the flea to death by drowning. The flea, now wet, was plain to see, and his cry of anguish tore at the ferret’s heart and the ferret insisted on saving it. The doctor wanted to squash it with his book. The ferret took care and dried off the flea and then it disappeared.
This is a clever way to teach young readers about fleas... even the mythical invisible ones (when dry, they’re invisible, but when wet they can be seen)! It is also a subtle way to point out the need to respect all living creatures, even a lowly and very annoying flea.
AC Michael’s The Squirrel’s Flea: Curious Characters Book 1 is a charming story about yet another curious character, this one a flea. With colorful illustrations, the story carries the plot along with rhyming verse, divulging little tidbits of trivia information for the young reader to absorb. An interesting study in entomology for young readers.