Lisa Campbell Ernst Squirrel Park

ISBN 13: 9780027335620

Squirrel Park

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9780027335620: Squirrel Park

Stuart and his best friend, Chuckie the squirrel, set out to save their favorite old oak tree from the developer who wants to remove it in the name of progress.

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Ernst's ( Walter's Tail ) latest picture book scores a victory for conservationists, nonconformists--and rodents everywhere. Stuart, son of Springdale's resident architect and developer, is at odds with his father's "out with the old, in with the new" philosophy, especially when it means cutting down the ancient oak tree in the center of town. Stuart's friend Chuck, a squirrel who lives in the beloved tree, stands behind the boy 100% and helps father and son reach a compromise that pleases the entire community. Tolerance and consideration prevail as Stuart's father learns to loosen up and see the forest for the trees, so to speak. Ernst simplifies the debate by presenting a dilemma in black and white terms, though her message manages to avoid preachiness or predictability. Black line and pastel illustrations possess lots of verve, even when some scenes are short on action. The artwork's precise delineation and earthy palette convey a humor and upbeat mood that never digresses into cartoony silliness. Ages 3-7.
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Like his buildings, Stuart's architect dad is ``big, straight, and powerful.'' When he gives Stuart a first job, designing a park, he also gives him rulers and a T-square to make sure all paths are straight. Stuart--whose best friend is a squirrel, Chuck--wants to save a splendid old oak in the park's center, but Dad is adamant: no curves, no trees. Then Chuck--a silent but active collaborator--nibbles the tools into pleasing curves, which Stuart presents to an awed town meeting as his dad's invention--credit Dad diplomatically accepts; and the town gets a comfortably curvilinear oasis. With her usual wit and panache, Ernst illustrates in vigorous pen (no straight or narrow lines here!) and cheerfully assertive colors. Satirical exaggeration makes the all-too-human foibles funny, but Stuart's willingness to compromise renders the message less simplistic; even Dad gives in gracefully in the end. A lively entry for the picture book hour. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright 1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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