Miss Suzy

Miss Suzy

by Miriam Young, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)
Publisher: Purple House Press
Hardcover, 40 pages
Price: $20.95

50th Anniversary Edition. Miss Suzy is a little gray squirrel who lives happily in her oak-tree home until she is chased away by some mean red squirrels. Poor Miss Suzy is very sad. But soon she finds a beautiful dollhouse and meets a band of brave toy soldiers.

How Miss Suzy and the soldiers help each other makes a gentle, old-fashioned tale that has captured the imaginations of girls and boys alike for more than fifty years. Arnold Lobel’s enchanting pictures are sure to make the kind squirrel and the gallant soldiers the everlasting friends of all who turn these pages.

New York Times, December 7, 2014
A 50th-anniversary edition finds this story about a squirrel who loses then regains her cherished treetop home still winsome and gorgeously illustrated. Miss Suzy, who loves to cook and clean, is kicked out by a rowdy band of male squirrels. (Picture book; ages 2 to 6)

Hornbook Guide to Children (07/01/2005): Miss Suzy, a squirrel, is routed from her idyllic treetop home by a bunch of ruffian squirrels; moves into an attic dollhouse; welcomes and mothers some abandoned toy soldiers; and then regains her first, beloved home with the soldiers’ help. The book’s appeal is in the coziness of the homes gentle Miss Suzy creates and in Lobel’s expressive crosshatch illustrations.

Publishers Weekly (09/13/2004): Miss Suzy: 40th Anniversary Edition by Miriam Young, illus. by Arnold Lobel, celebrates this tale’s reissue. Miss Suzy, a gray squirrel, lives “in the tip, tip, top of a tall oak tree” —until a throng of mean red squirrels displaces her. She retreats to a dollhouse and meets some toy soldiers who help her reclaim her house. Lobel’s pen-and-ink drawings with a burgundy wash alternate with full-color pictures in hues bold and rich or delicate and ethereal.

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