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Ol' Mama Squirrel

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  992 ratings  ·  176 reviews
Caldecott Honor winner David Ezra Stein’s lively tale is a fantastic read-aloud, and feisty Mama Squirrel will have fierce mamas everywhere applauding!

Ol’ Mama Squirrel has raised lots of babies, and she knows just how to protect them. Whenever trouble comes nosing around, she springs into action with a determined "Chook, chook, chook!” and scares trouble away. Her braver
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 21st 2013 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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There's something so reassuring about Ol' Mama Squirrel. She's feisty and stubborn, and she always protects her babies, scaring away any threat (real or imagined) with a "Chook! Chook! Chook!" Not even a grizzly bear can compete with Ol' Mama Squirrel, especially when she calls in the other mama squirrels who are determined to protect the babies.

I think this would be the best Mother's Day read-aloud, instead of an overly-sweet ode to mommy dearest. Kids will cheer for Ol' Mama Squirrel and feel
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidstuff, squirrels
What a gal! Nothing will stop Mama Squirrel from protecting her babies.
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Stein’s latest picture book is an uproarious read aloud and will be a welcome addition to any storytime. Mama Squirrel knows that all sorts of creatures want to eat her baby squirrels, but she won’t let that happen. She scolds all sorts of creatures away with her fierce “Chook, chook, chook!” Cats, dogs, owls, even humans scatter at her determination to protect her babies. Until one day when a bear comes to her tree. Mama Squirrel tries scolding, she tries throwing nuts, but the bear stays and t ...more
Destiny Dawn Long
A fun story of a tough mama who fearlessly defends her babies from threats real and imagined--and shows that the small can conquer the mighty with a little diligence and imagination.

It's a funny book with good narrative structure. The repetition of story elements is perfect for children and helps them to understand the determination of Ol' Mama Squirrel. There were a few moments where I chuckled to myself. I also loved the call of "chook chook chook" that Mama makes whenever she's scolding a po
What a fun read aloud! Mama Squirrel is super protective of her baby squirrels and she scares off every type of predator you can imagine with her warning call of "Chook! Chook! Chook!" Her biggest match is a grizzly bear, but she enlists the help of nearby squirrels to put him in his place.

Illustrations were rendered using ink, watercolor and crayon.

The repetition of "Chook! Chook! Chook!" is an invitation for audience participation and the refrain "And that takes care of that" gives the story t
JoAnna Studer
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mama squirrel is intent on protecting her babies from predators such as people, kites, and bears. When my husband first read the part where Mama squirrel scolds, " CHOOK CHOOK CHOOK," our eight-month-old son giggled and giggled. This is a perfect story time book.
Tess Upchurch
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Mama squirrel has perfected a method for keeping her babies safe. She shoos away any sign of danger with some especially stern “chook chook chook(s).” She effectively protects her children from kites, pruners, and other intruders but meets her match when a bear comes to town.

This book was a quick and fun read. The plot was interesting, and I liked that the mama squirrel ended up calling on friends and using teamwork to shoo the bear away. This is a great way to show the power of teamwork to you
Ever protective of her babies, Ol' Mama Squirrel ensures that everyone keeps a distance from her tree. With her vigilante watch, and verbal warnings of chook , ckook, chook, she keeps a watchful eye on all who comes near the tree. A serious threat comes too close, and Ol' Mama Squirrel summons all the other mama squirrels and removes the threat. The city elders awards her with a plaque to show her their gratitude. It hangs on her tree, but beware of your approach when you try to view it.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The kids liked this one with a fierce Mama Squirrel protecting her babies. Spoiler alert: beware, big bear, Ol' Mama Squirrel has many friends!

We talked about how to meet challenges.

Stein's books are usually hits with our bunch. Interrupting Chicken and especially Dinosaur Kisses are favourites with them.
Spencer Jones
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like this book because it’s a little different than what David Ezra Stein usually writes like and the illustrations are a little more futuristic looking. I love how the mamma is so dedicated to keeping her babies safe and the illustrations show her intensity throughout the book. This book is animal fantasy and in the 1st-4th grade range
Sarah Wyatt
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a little long for preschool storytime, but I have made it work before. Ol' Mama Squirrel protects her babies for dogs, owls, etc. and even a bear. Very cute and funny. Would be good for K-3 read-aloud.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Chook, chook, chook" I can totally relate to this over protective momma squirrel protecting her young :D
This was a cute book and it has piqued my interest in reading more of David Ezra Stein's books.
Emily Love
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great read-aloud book. I think this would be enjoyable to several different age groups; my son enjoyed it because of the many opportunities for sound effects, but I think older kids would enjoy the story itself.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The fear of mama squirrel's scolding makes everyone act right. Even a big old bear and all the townsfolk. Cute story, cute illustrations. But does the sound a squirrel makes really translate into "chook"? I always thought it was more of a "tisk".
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this book for storytime! Pair this with "Owl Babies" and you have a great start to a storytime about moms
Dawn Rutherford
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Robin Raines-Bond
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Laugh out loud fun story with a warning to beware of Mamma animals with babies.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My children thought this book was hilarious. Sad to say, they can relate to having an overprotective mama, I think. A bit hit at the Shelton house.
Syntha Green
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
This was so funny and would be excellent for preschool storytime.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My husband thought this was the best book ever and quotes it all the time. "Chook chook chook!"
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not qualified to gage the "quality" of this book, but I can say that it's a hell of a lot of fun to read aloud to a group of kids. :D I read it during our Saturday storytime and they loved it!
Hannah  Dahl
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Early Primary (K-1)/ Primary (2-3)

Okay, this book had me laughing the entire time I read it! When I first picked it up, I imagined a cutesy little book like the Kissing Hand...boy was I wrong! I love how fiercely Mama Squirrel loves her babies and how she'll "Chock! Chock! Chock" at anything that threatens them to scare the predator away. The plot twist at the end with how Mama Squirrel get the bear to leave is adorable and had me making my roommates sit down so I could read this story to
Viviane Elbee
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a funny book, with a highly protective, resourceful mama squirrel character.
Camille Ryckman
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brief summary A mama squirrel protects her baby squirrels real and imagined danger. She has a distinct "chook, chook, chook" warning.
Children will like the repetition of the "chook, chook, chook," so they can join in when mama needs to protect her babies. The illustrations are wonderful and
Age appropriateness
this book is good for 0-6 year olds
Connection to six early literacy skills
Print Motivation - A fun read
Print Awareness - Text is written in a top to bottom, left to right format
Miss Balzaretti
the story of Ol’ Mama Squirrel is a funny adventure of a mother squirrel and her mission to protect her babies from any and all threats. Ol’ Mam Squirrel is a character you could describe as sassy and a little high strung. She is always attentive to any danger and isn’t afraid of any threat, even a grizzly bear. I really enjoyed this book because I could relate the mother squirrel to my own grandmother who shares the same characteristics. The illustrations done by Stein are just as great. In thi ...more
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ol' Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein is a nominee for the 15-16 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Ol' Mama Squirrel is a charming book about the protective nature of a mother. Ol' Mama Squirrel is an expert at scolding, and she gives a firm "Chook chook chook!" to anyone or anything that comes near her babies and their home. She shames cats, owls, dogs, kites, airplanes, and even people, but she may have met her match when a grizzly bear enters the picture.

Ol' Mama Squirrel tries and tries to g
Araceli Aispuro
Ol' Mama Squirrel will do anything in her power to protect her babies. If there is any danger O'l Mama squirrel is there. Chook, Chook, Chook, she scares off any danger. Even the greatest of danger cannot compete with O'l Mama Squirrel. But just wait until you see someone stand up to O'l Mama squirrel. You just won't believe your eyes.

I believe this book is written appropriate for the age group, possibly grades k-3rd. The book is fun and easy to read because the sentences are short. The illustr
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Michelae Danielle
1. "Ol' Mama Squirrel" is a funny story about a mama squirrel who will stop at nothing to protect her babies from any threat. When Mama comes across a threat she cannot tackle herself she finds that she has her fellow mama squirrels to call on for back up.
2. This story is silly and engaging, and offers some perspective on how a squirrel might perceive danger. This story also captures the power of an individual and the might of a community. The illustrations are brilliant and warm and welcome th
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David Ezra Stein is an author-illustrator whose previous books include LEAVES, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. He lives in Kew Gardens, New York.