The town of Forest is really two towns. Lower Forest is home to Amber, her family, and neighbors; in Upper Forest, Woodbine and his fellow squirrels reign. For years, the two sides have tolerated each other -- until the day Amber climbs a tree and Woodbine sees her. Soon Upper Forest has declared war on Lower, and the only two who know are Amber and Woodbine....
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This is a short, sweet story. The squirrels are very anthropomorphized (though less than, for example, the animals of the Redwall series) but if that doesn't bother you and you accept it as a bit of a fantasy, it's quite a nice book. I think it's very suitable for kids in the ten to thirteen age range (the ages of the main human characters) though older readers can obviously enjoy it as well.It is a good reminder that people of any gender and pretty much any age can study nature if they want to and make valuable discoveries and contributions. And it's important to pay attention to the natural world. As they said in the book, "I suppose the squirrels have always been there! but no one ever bothered to look up." I also liked and could identify with Amber, who is distraught by all the violence in the world. Whether it's fictional, a sensationalized news story, or the real acts of violence, madness and "beastliness" there is far too much of it. The younger brother Wendell has the dilemma of wanting to go along with the men, then being disturbed by the squirrel shooting with his father, siding with his sister, yet then being ready to brutally retaliate against the squirrels posed for war. The whole ordeal came from a misunderstanding, and a desire of each side to protect their part of the world. All of that, but in an easy to digest children's book. Or perhaps I'm reading a lot into it based on my existing thoughts and beliefs that children wouldn't get. In any case, it could be a conversation starting point.
This was a great story about how peaceful civilizations can turn into warring neighbors when misconceptions, prejudice and their own 'beastly' side is allowed to take control over their better judgment. On one side are 'highly intelligent squirrels' and on the other, the humans. What starts out as just a inadvertent venture into the others' space turns out into an all out war. Only a couple kids and young squirrels are the voice of reason as the adults in both sides end up allowing a misled character, ruled by anger and hunger for power, to rise and lead their people into a full-fledged war. Despite the pretty heavy topics of war, hate, prejudice, and evil, the book is still a 'kids' book. There's some death, so maybe it's not for the younger crowd, but the language is basic enough, and the story is simple enough for middle-elementary and up to follow. Both T & E read it, and loved it. It was reminiscent of the Redwall series, but not as complex (and this book involved humans). I liked that it told the story from both sides' point of view.Overall, it brings up some great teaching moments for the kids, about not judging others, bullying, misunderstandings, the evil inside any of us, and the hope that even a small minority voice can still make a difference.
The first half was great. It establishes two worlds, the Upper Forest of the squirrels and the Lower Forest of the humans. Each world features an intriguing central character, and they are drawn to each other. These characters provide the hope of reconciliation when the two worlds engage in an escalating conflict. The second half plays out the story in a logical manner, but the characters become less interesting. The story becomes too plot driven, rather than character driven.Nevertheless, I recommend the book to those who are interested in the relationship between people and the natural world. I am eager to read more by this author, because I like her sensibility. Her book "Afternoon of the Elves" sounds good.
Looking back, and looking at the numbers of Goodreads ratings, I mostly read books that were popular as a child -- but then a few of my favorites seem to have been unexpectedly obscure. This is certainly one of Lisle's lesser known books, and was extremely difficult to find the name of despite some intensive Googling, but well worth it. It's completely odd, completely interesting book, featuring a mostly-unseen squirrel civilization suddenly at odds with the humans living around them. Recommended!
This is the story of two towns that exist side by side, or rather above and below each other. There is Lower Forest inhabited by people and Upper Forest inhabited by mink-tailed squirrels. These two groups have ignored each other for years until Amber Padgett and her family intrude in Upper Forest and are seen by Woodbine and the other squirrels. Misunderstandings abound and soon the two Forests are at war. Can Amber stop the fighting before it starts and restore peaceful co-existence between the two towns? A delightfully fun and quick read.
This is a really great book... about girl and squirrels "attacking", check it out and enjoy this short read~
I tried to read this book... 3 times I picked it up and read the first 5 pages or so. I could NOT get into it. AT ALL.