From the Cover of Cyril Squirrel Finds Out About Love by Jane Evans:
“Cyril Squirrel ask lots of questions, but there’s one thing that really puzzles Cyrill…
‘What is love? Can I find it and keep it? Do I need it?’
With a notebook and a map, Cyril embarks on a quest to find out about love.
‘Gone away to find out what love is. Back soon.’
Helping children to learn about the ways that love can look, sound, or feel, this heart-warming picture book shows some of the many different forms that love, friendship and kindness take. Suitable for all children aged 2-6, especially those who may have confused ideas about love, Cyril’s adventure includes guidance for adults on how to explore questions about love with children.”
Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 5 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]
What Our Family Thought:
Cyril Squirrel is a tale which appears to be targeted at young children ages 2-6. However, we will note that our 12 year old was quite keen to pick up the book and ponder over it alone. It appears that while the book can be used within any type of family – it seems that this story will be most helpful to families which are caring for children with traumatized backgrounds and confused about love and/or kindness.
The illustrations of this piece of media are very well targeted for a young audience. The pictures are adorable and help young readers understand the written concepts that are being presented to them. The book asks that the audience seek out a heart-shaped acorn nut on every page. This appears to be a clever idea that will only strengthen to keep the attention span of the readers on the younger end of the spectrum.
As always, Jane Evans does a fantastic job of presenting interactive questions throughout the story for you and your child to discuss. Are you confused on how to talk about this topic with your child?! No worries. Evans even includes a section for adults in the back of the book to assist you in not only using this book with your child but how to engage your child.
Overall, it appears that Cyril Squirrel would be a most useful friend to bring into your home and help your foster or adoptive child.
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It’s Your Turn:
- How did Cyril feel when he found love or kindness?
- How did Cyril feel when he found something that was the opposite of love?
- Why would your mom/dad yell at you if they love you?