is the story of a boy who finds a baby squirrel alone in the road on a cold night. The squirrel’s mother doesn’t seem to around, so Jonathan takes the baby home to care for him. Though Jonathan means well, he soon realizes that the squirrel isn’t doing very well. He contacts a wildlife rehabilitator
, who helps care for the squirrel until it can be released. The story is told in alternating chapters from both boy and squirrel’s point of view. The author gets across some good information and his message in an engaging, realistic story.
Many of us have tried to rescue a baby animal or bird, not always successfully. It’s difficult for a child (or grown-up) to release a wild animal we’ve cared for. Reading this book as a family helps children to understand that wild animals aren’t meant to be pets. Even if we become fond of them, captivity is still stressful.
There are area volunteer rehabilitation organizations that have the expertise to help injured or orphaned wild animals and birds. Tuck this information away just in case you find an injured or baby animal that seems to be orphaned: