written and photographed by Kathy M. Miller
In this hardcover book for children, Chippy experiences the loss of his best friend, Pickle, a meadow vole. Chippy’s other friends help him both to express his grief and also learn to accept and be at peace with the fate of his pal. While Chippy is hibernating, owls appear in magical dreams to offer words of comfort: “Every day gets better” and “Those we love live forever in our hearts.”
By springtime, Chippy emerges from his burrow with a renewed sense of hope and he sees a fantastic sight that warms his heart. He begins to believe that life really will get better.
The delicately woven story is extensively illustrated with adorable photos of real furry animals in a gorgeous natural setting. An activity page, fun facts, and notes to parents and educators are included. Chippy Chipmunk weaves together the best of the visual and language arts, science, photography, and narrative to make backyard nature accessible and fun. For ages 4 and up. Hardcover. (48 pp.)