Acorn Was a Little Wild

S. & S. Mar. 2022. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534483156.
PreS-Gr 3–Acorn is ready to let go of the mighty oak tree and set out on exciting adventures. Oak warns the little guy about squirrels, but Acorn, a born thrill-seeker, doesn’t listen, loving the bounces down the hill and taunting the squirrels to catch him. After some close encounters, Acorn gets buried in the earth. What seems like the inevitable end of his adventures turns out to be the beginning as Acorn grows into a magnificent tree—teasing, encouraging, and entertaining the forest’s many occupants with his fun-loving spirit. The adorably, exuberant illustrations are a highlight. The rambunctious and untamed spirit of the flora and fauna is clearly conveyed alongside bold seasonal colors. This book will easily support science discussions on the life cycle of trees, with a caveat. To reinforce Acorn’s daredevil vitality, some of the language is deliberately colloquial (worms are described as “so chill”), but it is infrequent enough to feel out of place. Readers may infer various positive messages from the story, despite “wild” having a mostly negative meaning as applied to behavior. They will also delightedly discover the importance of having a good attitude when facing life’s challenges: Change and growth can be exciting instead of scary, and it’s okay to hold on to the carefree joy of youth.
VERDICT A perfect invitation into learning about the life cycle of trees, this is also a lighthearted glimpse into one little adventurer’s exciting journey.

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