THE ACORN TREE by Valenti Angelo
Kirkus Star


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Bluejay was bitter. He regarded the giant oak tree with all its scorns as his won. And he took a belligerent attitude toward the squirrels, chipmunks and other bluejays who helped themselves. He tried several hiding places -- a roof gutter which a squirrel promptly discovered, a hole in a telephone pole which a woodpecker soon found, an old washing machine which the chipmunks spied and finally a hole right in his own tree. Then Bluejay plucked acorn after acorn and dropped them into the hole expecting it to be full. After a day's work he felt very secure until he looked down and discovered that all the acorns had fallen to earth through a split in the trunk of the oak where all the animals were feasting. But Bluejay recovered his composure when he looked about him and discovered that there were enough acorns on the tree to provide many feasts in the future for him. The strikingly patterned full page pictures of oak, acorns, leaves and birds are richly rustic and bold enough to be seen at a distance in the story circle. The story itself captures the belligerence of the bluejay and should be a perfect complement to the primary bird study.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1958
Publisher: Viking