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Miss Suzy (Miss Suzy #1)

4.57  ·  Rating Details ·  952 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
Miss Suzy is a little gray squirrel who lives happily in her oak-tree home until she is chased away by some mean red squirrels. Poor Miss Suzy is very sad. But soon she finds a beautiful dollhouse and meets a band of brave toy soldiers. How Miss Suzy and the soldiers help each other makes a gentle, old-fashioned tale that will capture the imagination of girls and boys alik ...more
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Purple House Press (first published 1964)
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Dec 22, 2010 Tra-Kay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks, thebook
There is no name for the emotion this book inspired in me as a child. It's something like what I felt when Beatrix Potter's Mrs. Tittlemouse shooed a bee out her dusty, rarely-visited tunnels; like fear or a sense of mystery, yet not. Something like viewing intangible antiques by peering into the dark. ...yes, that's just it. How quiet and included I felt when Miss Suzy discovered the abandoned dollhouse with the gentlemanly toy soldiers. Oh, this book is amazing.
Aug 01, 2007 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrenslit
I loved this book as a kid. Of course it helped that my mother read it to me all the time, AND my uncle would make squirrel noises while reading it.

My 4 stars are for sentimentality. But my analystical side wants to rush out and tell everyone Suzy's a big 1950s feminine stereotype. Which she is. In my revisionist Suzy, SHE kicks the red squirrel's butts with her army of toy soldiers.
Miss Suzy's pleasant life in her house at the top of a oak tree is disrupted by six mean red squirrels who chase her away. She finds shelter in an old doll house, where she meets a group of tin soldiers, and this is the story of their friendship. Miss Suzy takes care of the soldiers during the winter, and they help her recover her house. This is beloved fifty years old classic, illustrated by the talented Arnold Lobel, is a very enjoyable reading.

I received this copy from the publisher via NetG
Elizabeth Kysa Sedivy
Miss Suzy is a little squirrel who lives by herself in an oak tree. One day a bunch of red squirrels come by and take over her pretty little home forcing Miss Suzy to move out, she finds herself in an old attic where there is a little toy house that she settles into. There she meets some toy soldiers who become her friends and she stays with them for a little while, but decides to go back home and with the help of her new friends finds the courage to take her old place back again. This is a grea ...more
Feb 22, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I picked this one up for a quarter at a bookstore purging sale. It was an old library edition with yellowed pages. It is one of the best books I've ever bought for my children. Best read near an open window on an early summer evening when the cicadas have begun their song.
Jun 07, 2015 Ivan rated it it was amazing
Really wonderful story. I loved Miss Suzy's house. I adore stories with toy soldiers - and these come to her rescue. The illustrations by Arnold Lobel are outstanding. A story with a message and a moral.
Apr 26, 2012 Ginny rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite picture book when I was a young child. I memorized it and would "read" it to anyone who would listen. From Miss Suzy's firefly lamps and moss carpet to her acorn cups, it satisfied my little girl imaginings.
Noran Miss Pumkin
Aug 05, 2011 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child, 2011, child-vintage
my mother always told me, growing up-beware the red squirrels-they are mean ones! :) She really did!
Shawn Thrasher
Aug 17, 2012 Shawn Thrasher rated it liked it
If you think too deeply about Miss Suzy (Miss Suzy, #1) by Miriam Young, you may end up in the same place I did: Miss Suzy was a little gray squirrel who lived all by herself in the tip, tip top of a tall oak tree who needs to learn how to fight her own battles, because tomorrow always comes. Ignore the swiss cheesy story and concentrate instead on Arnold Lobel's warm and wonderful illustrations. All world weary smugness aside - who wouldn't want to live in Lobel's cozy little squirrel house at the top of an autumn oak, cooking and cl ...more
Apr 24, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adorably old fashioned. Are we even allowed to write things like "Miss Suzy was overjoyed" anymore?
Oct 28, 2007 Alicia rated it it was amazing
And here it is. Of course, she was like the Ant which is kind of boring now but still, I loved Miss Suzy when I was little.
Jan 12, 2014 Ybgenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is still one of my favorite books.
The little story is heart breaking then warming, and the artwork is simply amazing. <3
Its short, but delightful and you need this book in your life. xD
Jul 14, 2015 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book EVER.
Jul 25, 2010 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
How fun is it to discover all these books listed here that I loved when I was a kid and had forgotten about...
Jennifer B.
Apr 19, 2016 Jennifer B. rated it it was amazing
I read this book to my niece, and she loved it. To be honest, so did I.
May 27, 2007 Netta rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: girls... and Moms!
Shelves: kidsteen
One of my favorites ... Grandma had it. Several years ago I found it at the Salvation Army & bought it for my girls.
Oct 26, 2016 Cari rated it really liked it
Very sweet :o)
Apr 23, 2012 Shana rated it it was amazing
Miss Suzy lived at the tip, tip, top of a tall oak tree..... by far my favorite childhood book, ever. Of life. I love it. <3
Sep 22, 2015 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I loved everything about this book. The story is timeless (the book is 50 years old!). It's a story for both boys and girls. Perfection.
Kristina Jean Lareau
This older tale has bandits AND soldiers!
Lori June
May 17, 2017 Lori June rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
awesome illustrations...
simplistic story line...published in 1964 ( i was 5 )
i remember this book from when i was a child.
Nov 09, 2016 Shani rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
my favorite childhood story
Lonna Seibert
Jul 05, 2016 Lonna Seibert rated it it was amazing
“Miss Suzy was a little gray squirrel who lived all by herself at the tip, tip top of a tall oak tree.” And so begins the magical tale of a solitary but kind-hearted creature who cherishes the comforts of home and possesses a heart of gratitude for all that she has. When a band of bullying red squirrels chase her away from her beloved oak tree she is forced to look elsewhere for shelter. The attic of an old house provides her with a new place to live in the form of an elegant doll house, and whe ...more
Rena Sherwood
Why the hell did I ever give this book away? Even my MOM loves this book!


I'm sure all of the other Goodreads reviewers have explained why Miss Suzy is so freaking awesome. So I'm going to wonder just what squirrel species she is based on the illustrations like this one:


Everyone can vote on their choices in the comments (you know -- that is -- if anyone other than me (and quite possibly my Mom) ever reads this. The top choices are:

The Eurasian red squirrel:


The North American grey squirrel in red
Jennifer Heise
May 12, 2015 Jennifer Heise rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebook
I adored this book as a child, though I am not sure it has worn well... I'll eventually try it on my six-year-old. Miss Suzy's tiny world is overrun by Red Squirrels, and she must leave her homebody existence. She eventually finds and lives in a dollhouse with a troop of wooden soldiers, taking care of them as she once took care of her tiny house. In the end the soldiers return the favor by recapturing her house for her.

Though we would all hope for shy Miss Suzy to be more self-actualizing-- an
Judy Pierce
Mar 25, 2013 Judy Pierce rated it it was amazing
I am just sorry that I did not find this book when my children were small. I will definitely read this book to my young grandson when he visits this summer. The book teaches valuable lessons about persevering in the face of hardship (losing your beloved nest when a group of rowdy red squirrels take it over)being grateful for what you have rather than what you have lost and forging new friendships. With her generous spirit, Miss Suzy befriends a group of toy soldiers who eventually help her regai ...more
Drew Graham
Aug 31, 2016 Drew Graham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Miss Suzy lives a peaceful and pleasant squirrel life in her treehouse, but when it's overtaken by ruffian gray squirrels, she's forced to relocate. The dollhouse she finds is also fairly pleasant, but not the same as her home in the branches and under the stars. Hopefully her new friends can help her reclaim her place.

This was one of The Wife's favorites as a kid and it's already a favorite with ours. It has a classic charm and really delightful and timeless illustrations, and the story holds u
Kimberly Whitney
Jul 24, 2008 Kimberly Whitney rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YES!
Shelves: children
My childhood favorite book! My husband found a copy on ebay for me and gave it to me as a gift.
It has everything! The love of cleaning house, baking, singing songs, making your tree your home. Then bad squirrels invade, Miss Suzy flees to a beautiful dollhouse and takes care of tin soilders hidden in a box for years!! She tells her story to them, and they go off and fight those mean old squirrels for her peaceful home in the old oak tree. Happy ending off to sleep in the tree softly rocking; whi
Sincerae Smith
Feb 07, 2014 Sincerae Smith rated it it was amazing
I loved it so much when my mother would read Miss Suzy to me when I was a little girl. I could really relate to this little squirrel. She was so girly with her little acorn tea corns in her simple small house in a tree. I felt so sad for her and angry when a gang of ruthless squirrels terrorized Miss Suzy and forced her to flee her home. This story of a little squirrel living quietly and peaceful on her own has adventure, pathos, and teaches children the meaning of friendship, determination, and ...more
Little Bird
Jun 04, 2014 Little Bird rated it it was amazing
One of my mother's favorite books to read to us as children. I am glad I had the lessons in kindness and strength of self and character this book taught me when I was young, for I really need these lessons now with the way some people have falsely accused me and attacked me on the internet over my real life, true story The Dark Horse Speaks by Little White Bird. My heart is in my memoir, just as my mother is still with me in stories like Miss Suzy and I will always remember her and kindness in a ...more
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