Ricky and the squirrel

Guido van Genechten

Book - 2010

While looking for chestnuts in the woods, Ricky finds a squirrel lying on the ground. Is he sleeping? Or is he ill? Ricky's mother and father know the answer.

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New York : Clavis c2010.
English language ed., 1st ed
Item Description
Originally published: Hasselt - Amsterdam : Clavis Uitgeverij, 2010.
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Main Author
Guido van Genechten (-)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-K—As a young rabbit takes a leisurely stroll through the woods one autumn afternoon, he uncovers more than just chestnuts. He discovers a "sleeping" squirrel in the leaves, but is taken aback when finds that the creature's body is cold. Ricky's friend, Annie, immediately knows something is wrong. The two friends carry the squirrel to Ricky's house where his mother points out his gray whiskers and explains that the animal is dead. Ricky and his family bury the squirrel in a beautiful box and mark his grave. On their way home, they see a young squirrel playing in the trees, bringing closure to the story and completing the circle of life. Van Genechten does not toy with euphemisms for death, and his explanation of what has happened to the squirrel is straightforward. He does not delve into specific religious matters, but instead focuses on remembering the deceased fondly and knowing he is in a place where there is no longer pain. Painterly illustrations in bold colors and wide strokes along with a cast of animal characters keep the story from feeling too lifelike. This book and its message are not as intense or personal as Judith Viorst's The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (Atheneum, 1987), Robie Harris's Goodbye Mousie (S & S, 2004), or Corine Demas's Saying Goodbye to Lulu (Little, Brown, 2004), but it will serve young listeners well.—Lindsay Persohn, Crystal Lake Elementary, Lakeland, FL [Page 96]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When little rabbit Ricky finds a squirrel in the forest that is lying very still, he wonders what might be wrong with it, but when he brings the squirrel to his mother, he learns that the squirrel has died and needs a proper burial.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The beloved flop-eared rabbit, Ricky, returns in this sensitive story that teaches children about mortality and the natural life cycle. Ricky is saddened and confused when he discovers a cold, unmoving squirrel in the forest. When Ricky brings the squirrel to his mother to see if she can fix it, she explains to him that the squirrel is dead and that he no longer feels any pain. After his parents help him bury the squirrel, Ricky is delighted to see another squirrel playing in a nearby tree. With warm and poignant illustrations, this sympathetic and tender tale communicates clear and reasonable answers to first-time questions about a difficult subject matter.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In this touching story, Ricky learns about growing old and dying. For everyone ages 4 and up.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

“This book and its message.... will serve young listeners well.” — School Library Journal Ricky is looking for chestnuts in the woods, when he finds a squirrel lying on the ground. Is he sleeping? Or is he ill? Ricky and his best friend Annie bring the animal to his mom. She immediately sees what’s wrong. In this touching story, Ricky learns about growing old and dying. For everyone ages 4 and up.