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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
A baby squirrel was playing around in the nest when she fell to the ground. She was very scared because everything looked unfamiliar. She waited for her mom to find her as slowly it became dusk. The baby squirrel fussed and fretted but she was scared to make a noise. After a while, she gathered some courage and let out the smallest of peeps. The last sound she let out was like a roar and the baby squirrel saw someone towering over her. A hand wrapped around her and she was taken home by two girls. The girls fed her with the smallest bottle and they took care of her every need. They taught the baby squirrel to jump and climb and she followed them around. The mother of the girls knew it was not right to keep a baby squirrel captive for long and as the baby squirrel grew, they prepared a tree with a nest box and seed. She was now free to roam and leap through the treetops and live in her wild home.
Wild Home: A baby squirrel's story of kindness and love by DeAnna Weeks Prunes is a beautiful story that teaches good life lessons to young readers. Erin Gentry makes the concept palpable to readers with her wonderful illustrations that give the story a good pace and movement. This book can be used for read-aloud and storytelling sessions in classrooms and school libraries and at home to help children understand nurturing, loving, and letting go. Stories with messages and lessons like this are good because children understand concepts and messages when explained through a story and interesting characters.