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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Sally was excited. Mother had promised Sally and her brother Sammy that she would show them where she found the nuts she had brought them. It was a bright sunny day when they stepped out and their mother told them why it was important to know the whereabouts of the Cat and the Dog. They found it scary to jump onto the window sill like their mother who found fruits, nuts, and something dark and sweet there. It was a change from the usual nuts they ate. Mother was not pleased with Sally's behavior that day. She thought Sally should obey the rules and be more patient. Sally had come across some delicious red berries under the leaves of the bushy plants and she was planning to go there secretly very early in the morning. She went there and ate all the berries. She caught sight of the Cat when she was nearly back at the big tree. The next day Sammy followed his sister and he was able to save Sally from the Cat. How did Mother, Sally, and Sammy deal with the Cat?
Silly Sally Squirrel and the Sneaky Cat by Nina Adams conveys a lot of good messages to young readers; it is about being honest, it is about sharing and not being selfish, and it is also about making safe choices. Shaundra Schultz gives clarity to the concept and the messages with her lively and colorful illustrations. They also give life to the characters and the scenes. It is a good book for storytelling sessions in classrooms and tutors will find it easy to teach children about sharing and being honest without sounding too preachy and boring. It is a good bedtime storytelling book too for parents and grandparents to read out loud to their kids and grandkids.