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LOIS EHLERT has created many celebrated picture books inspired by the world around her. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

LOIS EHLERT has created many celebrated picture books inspired by the world around her. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

LOIS EHLERT has created many celebrated picture books inspired by the world around her. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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A squirrel's increasingly intrepid explorations--around the birdfeeder, up to the window box and into the apartment through a tear in the screen--are the springboard for cut-paper collages as striking as any in Ehlert's considerable portfolio. But instead of employing the stark blocks of color predominant in her previous works, here she adds washes that produce gorgeous variegations in shades on many elements: the squirrel's coat, a gray that is alive with hints of brown, copper and even green; vibrant petunias that seem almost tie-dyed; dandelions whose yellow faces all but burst from the page. Various plants and birds are pictured and labeled along the way, and a glossary of ``Squirrel Talk'' provides ample information about the creature and its habits. A work of extraordinary visual splendor with an effectively simple, active plot, the book is marred only by the somewhat humdrum verse used to tell the story--in this case an easily forgiven shortcoming. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

PreS-Gr 2-- A city squirrel peeks out from his tree hole, inviting young listeners and beginning readers to a romp through a world of bold color, texture, and rhyme. This crafty creature digs in window pots overflowing with vivid blossoms and vegetables, does gymnastics to steal seeds from the birds, and begs for a treat at an apartment window. The rascal even sneaks inside for a look around and is quickly lured away by the narrator's offering of ``nuts to you.'' Working with large stylized forms, Ehlert uses collage and watercolor staining techniques to define textures of earthy bark, brick, and fur. Contrasting bright hues of sky, vegetation, and birds add to the visual excitement. The simple, spirited plot, lively verse, and stunning double-page spreads will make Nuts to You! a story-time standard. And since the last four pages include information about a squirrel's body, home, and food, it can also be used in integrated language arts/science units. Another beauty from Ehlert. --Linda Wicher, Highland Park Public Library, IL

[star] "A work of extraordinary visual splendor."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "The simple, spirited plot, lively verse, and stunning double-page spreads will make Nuts to You! a story-time standard."--School Library Journal "The story . . . is a fast-paced romp, and the large, dramatically styled collages will dazzle even the largest audiences."--The Horn Book

[star] "A work of extraordinary visual splendor."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The simple, spirited plot, lively verse, and stunning double-page spreads will make Nuts to You! a story-time standard."--School Library Journal

"The story . . . is a fast-paced romp, and the large, dramatically styled collages will dazzle
even the largest audiences."--The Horn Book

[star] "A work of extraordinary visual splendor."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The simple, spirited plot, lively verse, and stunning double-page spreads will make Nuts to You! a story-time standard."--School Library Journal "The story . . . is a fast-paced romp, and the large, dramatically styled collages will dazzle
even the largest audiences."--The Horn Book

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