by Miriam Young
Illustrated by Arnold Lobel
Miss Suzy is the perfect book for cozy read-together time. Our heroine is a gentle gray squirrel who lives “in the tip, tip, top of a tall oak tree,” until a bunch of hoodlum red squirrels chase her from her lovely home. Miss Suzy soldiers on and finds a new home and new friends, but she still longs for her beloved treetop house. Enjoy this gentle, old-fashioned tale with your young reader and discover why it has been capturing the hearts and minds of boys and girls for forty years.
In this Issue
Miss Suzy's Oak Tree
Miss Suzy's Oak Tree
- Large sheet of white construction paper
- Brown marker
- Paints in various colors
- Place your young reader’s forearm and hand on the sheet of construction paper, palm down and fingers open wide. The forearm should be at the bottom of the paper to form the trunk of the tree, with the spread fingers representing the branches. Using the pencil, trace around the arm and hand then ask your reader to use the marker to trace the pencil outline.
- Using brown finger paint, add bark to the trunk of the tree.
- To add leaves, dip fingertips in bright autumn colors of paint, and dot onto tree, flying through the air, and covering the ground.
- Once the paint has dried, your young reader could even draw in Miss Suzy’s house in the top of the tree!
Miss Suzy's Acorn Squash Pudding
Although Miss Suzy enjoys her acorn pudding for breakfast, this delicious, wholesome treat would be delicious any time of day.
- 1 acorn squash (you will only use half)
- 2 cups oats
- 1/3 cup cranberries
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Using a large knife, cut the acorn squash in half, and remove the seeds and strings.
- Place one-half of the squash in a baking dish with 1/2 cup water, cover and bake until very tender, about 30-40 minutes. Let cool. (This step can be done the day before.)
- Scoop out the cooked squash, and discard the skins. In a medium bowl, mash squash, and add the oats, cranberries, and brown sugar.
- Place mixture in a square baking dish and bake at 350 for 35 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
- Let cool, and enjoy!