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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.
Visit our character traits page to learn more.
► Creative squirrel crafts
► Squirrel coloring pages, crafts and printables
► Squirrel sensory bin (based of off of the book Acorns Everywhere!)
► Make squirrel sugar cookies
► Free squirrel lapbook
► Homemade squirrel feeders
► Squirrel FAQ’s
► Craft based off the book Scaredy Squirrel
► Squirrel number matching game
► Make a squirrel puppet
► Scripture lesson on “minding your own business” (Chapter 6)
► Corn crafts and activities
► Corn husk doll
► Learning corn parts
► Ways to prevent and help homesick kids
► Teach about freedom: Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
► Tips for teaching kids to be kind to animals
► Teaching kids to care for animals