HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Acorn Thief
Author: Eric Timar
Illustrator: Nick Talbert
Publisher: Pannonius Books, 2020
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Category: Children’s book
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Timar, Eric. The Acorn Thief (Published in 2020 by Pannonius Books, Washington, DC). Squirrel is upset because Deer is nosing up all the acorns that she has buried in the ground and eating them. Deer is annoyed because Squirrel is always chattering angrily at him whenever he eats acorns that he finds buried in the ground. As the squirrel and deer squabble over the acorns, a wise owl helps each one see the world through the other’s eyes. How does Owl accomplish this? What are the results? Will Squirrel and Deer ever understand one another?
With its eleven enjoyable watercolor illustrations by professional artist Nick Talbert, this is a sweet and timeless peace story which shows how empathy can ease conflict. Author Eric Timar, who also wrote A Map and a Mule: A Peace Story of Queen Isabel of Portugal, provides a wonderful illustration of the old Indian proverb about not criticizing someone until you have walked a mile in his moccasins. It reminds us that every life has its own peculiar challenges.