A Home For Pearl Squirrel


Pearl Squirrel finishes her new leaf home, and she proudly invites her forest friends for a housewarming party. But from the beaver to the deer, they all disapprove of her new home, preferring their own home to hers. Wise old Solomon Raven comforts her, though, by pointing out that her home is truly best FOR HER, and that each animal has their own habitat that suits them best. Pearl sleeps well, finally proud of her home that fits her best.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This picture book has it all: good biology; sweet illustrations; and a wonderful moral (life lesson).

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

My 3 year old liked the animals. My 5 year old liked discussing with me the reasons why the home suited her best. I picked the book the first time, but they loved going back to it and asking me to read it again.

Parent Reaction

Yes. As a biologist, I love teaching my kids about biology, and as a parent, I love teaching my kids about treating others with kindness and respect. This book provides a great platform for discussing both issues with my children in an interesting and sweetly illustrated book.

Type of Book:
This picture book teaches kids about different animal habitats and also has a lesson about diversity.
Educational Themes:

Biology: habitat, different habitats for different animals, differences in body parts/use of specialized body parts (beaver tail).
Life lessons: Kindness to others, tolerance of others’ differences, being different without being better or worse. Speaking kindly to others and trying to understand what they are feeling.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 7
Age of child:
Read with boys ages 3 and 5.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a good book to have (it will grow with your child) or borrow from the library.

Title A Home for Pearl Squirrel
Author Amy Crane Johnson
Publisher Raven Tree Press © 2009
Illustrators Robb Mommaerts
ISBN 9781934960585
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Friendship, Life Lessons
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