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THE BIG SQUIRREL AND THE LITTLE RHINOCEROS by Mischa Damjan

THE BIG SQUIRREL AND THE LITTLE RHINOCEROS

by Mischa Damjan, illustrated by Hans de Beer

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1991
ISBN: 1-55858-117-0
Publisher: NorthSouth

 Another heavy-handed European fable: tired of injuries carelessly inflicted by the larger animals, three small protesters wish for, and get, a size reversal. It doesn't work: the giant squirrel breaks branches and can't find enough acorns, the mouse doesn't fit in her burrow; meanwhile, the lion is reduced to eating grass, and the crocodile is afraid the fish will eat him. Agreeing to be kinder, all revert to their former sizes and ``have lived in peace and friendship ever since.'' A wistful thought--accompanied by de Beer's deftly drawn, amusing illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)*justify no*