Author: Janice Yates
Illustrator: Ann Yates Mertz
I wasn't sure what kind of reaction we would have to this book, but I figured we'd give it a try. Squabbit is a hybrid squirrel and rabbit, who has qualities of each of his parents. However, the other kids at school don't quite understand his uniqueness at first.
My (almost) 5 year old found the book cute, and liked that a squirrel had a bunny tail. He also found it fun to say "squabbit" over and over! The illustrations are cute and child-like, as you can see from the cover art.
I have mixed feelings about how Squabbit has to "prove" himself, and I think that contradicts the moral of accepting others as they are. However, I make every effort to discuss such discrepancies in books with my children, and they understand that we don't make fun of others for being different.
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