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Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear

Little Tricker the SquirrelLittle Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear
by Ken Kesey, illustrated by Barry Moser
Viking, 1990

A family favorite, we acted out this story, and I’ve seen it beautifully told by several storytellers. Set in the south, with a looong draaawl we meet a trickster squirrel who is rudely awakened by a bear’s “ROARRR!”, that shakes “the cottonwood from root to crown till a critter could hardly stand.” Bear threatens other animals, but none want anything to do with him, until Little Tricker decides to have some fun with him–and so the games begin! This story is probably too long for the television-raised young of today, but if you have a storyteller’s voice and want a good romp through a book, this could become a favorite.

The book is out of print, but you can find used copies on the internet and a few at local libraries.