How Chipmunk Got His Stripes
story by Joseph & James Bruchac
illustrations by Jose Aruego
When you want a Native American tale well-told, Bruchac is your go-to guy, and this is one of his best picture book endeavors. Bear is a giant braggart, chipmunk (who starts out as a small squirrel) is a tiny tease, and the story is perfect for reading aloud. A great message, illustrated with verve and humor, and full of opportunities for silly voices and suspenseful pauses. When I read this to a few kindergarten classes as part of our outreach program, the kids were laughing along and begged to hear the story a second time the minute I had finished. It's THAT fun. :-)
More silliness and lively drawings from the man famous for the hilarious Interrupting Chicken.
We also discussed chipmunk and squirrel behavior and then went out into the park armed with seeds, nuts, and dried fruit for our furry friends.
If you have children between the ages of 4 and 6, please join us next Tuesday. There is no charge, and registration is not required, but tickets will be given out starting at 1:30. The program is limited to 18 children, ages 4-6.