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Earl the Squirrel

First of all...I think I said Dan Freeman TWO times! There's nothing worse than getting a name wrong so let me apologize and say his name is DON, Don Freeman!Sheesh - now that we got THAT out of the way...

Thank you for joining me for the FIRST BOOK of 2020! I mean how can you go wrong with any book written by DON Freeman - he also wrote Corduroy - another wonderful story!

Here are some ideas I threw together you could do with your kids after listening to this story.

1. Go try an acorn! See if you do in fact have to use a nut cracker or is it like a peanut that you can simply squeeze the shell and it'll open?

2. Learn to knit or crochet a scarf.

3. Are bulls really attracted to red? Are they more aggressive with something red like a scarf or is that just a myth? (If you need a place to start MythBusters was helpful for us!)

4. Find some books or websites and see what an acorn tree looks like and some characteristics of the tree. Are they deciduous? Is there a certain location you can find them? What do their leaves look like?

5. Once you found the tree - a nature journal entry would be a lot of fun! Enjoy the story, then put some music on and water color in your nature journal!

6. Talking points - Was Earl right to leave the house when his mama was asleep? Who showed bravery - insert any personality trait you are trying to teach your kids about - books are a great place to teach that!

Thank you so much for joining me for the first StoryTimewithJen of the year! I am so excited for 2020 and all of the AMAZING books we are going to read. If you take a picture doing one of these activities or something you came up with - please tag me on Instagram with #storytimewithjen. I'd love to see it! OR if you have any book suggestions or recommendations - send me an email or recommend it on Instagram or Facebook!

Cheers and welcome to the New Year!



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First of all I want to thank Jessie for suggesting this book! I love a good recommendation! This story is so fanciful and would be difficult to actually do ALL things EVERY DAY, but to do these things

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