The Busy Little Squirrel

The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri.

Follow the busy day of a small squirrel preparing for winter in this charming picture book.  As he gathers food, squirrel rushes past all kinds of other animals, giving children a chance to make all kinds of animal sounds.  The refrain of “He was so busy” carries through the book, inviting toddlers to repeat the phrase again and again. 

This is a lovely autumn book by a wonderful author of picture books.  Tafuri knows how to create a book that will both interest small children and welcome them in.  The illustrations are large, bold and full of action and color.  Each page has just a few lines of text, meaning that the pictures will move by at the speed of a running squirrel.  

With the repetition in the text, animal noises and great art, this book is highly recommended for use in toddler story times or for preschoolers with short attention spans.