The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel

Homeschool and Classroom Activity and Lesson Ideas for The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel by Thornton W. Burgess / Moral Lessons for Kids / Children Stories with Morals / Character Traits

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The Book: The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel

The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel was written by Thornton W. Burgess in 1915.  Chatterer is a curious red squirrel who becomes careless and finds himself in a trap set by Farmer Brown’s Boy.  He finds that over time, nothing (not even food) can take the place of his freedom.  Trust and friendship evolve as Chatterer dreams of running free along the old stone wall again.

We are in the process of putting together an ebook which will include a question guide to help reading comprehension and prompt discussions.  Once the ebook is available for purchase, we highly recommend using the guide side by side with the website.  Below you will find some other resources available to help you teach the moral lessons from this story, as well as online activities and book suggestions.

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Thornton W. Burgess not only filled his stories with scientific knowledge about animals, he also gave his characters attributes and situations that help us teach about moral character.  Each book contains a variety of traits that can be turned into discussions about proper behavior and attitudes.

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