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Reviewed by Julia Schemmer for Readers' Favorite
Tony the squirrel is not your average squirrel. No, he's not the cousin of Rocky from Rocky and Bullwinkle, nor a squirrel lacking in personality. In Chasing Tony by author Patty Hevly, Tony is depicted with curiosity, loads of personality, and a sprinkle of mischievousness. Emily and Bobby, two children visiting the park, discover all this quickly when all of the sudden their lunch money is stolen ... by Tony. As Bobby goes through various menacing tactics to make the squirrel surrender the loot, Tony only becomes more and more curious, able to get himself out of any situation. However, when Emily politely asks for the lunch money back, Tony reacts differently.
As an aunt, I'm constantly on the search for good books that will teach my baby nephew fun and meaningful lessons. If you're like me, look no further, because Chasing Tony by author Patty Hevly delivers! The book follows a curious squirrel and two children in a park on a beautiful day. When Tony takes something belonging to the children, they quickly learn the choice between asking for something nicely, and asking for something in a mean way. While Bobby, one of the kids visiting the park, overexerts himself by trying to force Tony into giving back the money, he is made to realize that asking politely might be the best way to approach a situation. This book positively reinforces the idea of being polite, something that needs to be stressed more in today's society. I recommend this book to the fullest extent.