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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
Tiny the Frightened Acorn by Neil Roy McFarlane is the adorable story of an acorn named Tiny, who is the tiniest of the tiny acorns in the field. She spent her days being afraid of the gang of squirrels that hunted for their meals in her meadow. All of Tiny’s friends had already been gathered by the squirrels, which terrified the poor little acorn. She knew that a squirrel would eventually pick her up and stash her away to be eaten, as they had done to her friend. When that day came, Tiny had a plan that she hoped would work. Would the squirrel do as Tiny suggested? What if the squirrel came back? Would he eat her then? What would happen to Tiny if he didn’t come back?
Tiny the Frightened Acorn by Neil Roy McFarlane is a short children’s story with a plot that is as strong and sturdy as the ‘Mighty Oak Tree’ McFarlane describes in the story. I love the unique way in which the author made nature come alive; it was an absolute treat to read about an acorn bartering for time with a squirrel. Some of the illustrations are by McFarlane while others are in the public domain but all of them blend very well into the story. I loved Tiny the Frightened Acorn because it gives ‘Mother Nature’ a new voice that anyone is sure to love. I recommend this story to any reader of any age that enjoys a very intuitive and entertaining take on nature that won’t take long to read but will leave a lasting impression.