Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Squirrels Stop--WHY?--It's an instinct!

We have all seen a squirrel run out into the road, stop and hold perfectly still, then turn around.

Squirrel caught in the road

  I think, like this poster, we have wondered, WHY!!!!  It seems so silly, we even say or think  the other S word--STUPID.  Rather than being stupid, it's an instinct.  This inborn behavior is meant to protect the squirrel from its enemies. Squirrels, like other prey, use these behaviors  to protect themselves from predators.  If they hold perfectly still, the predator often moves on.  I find this remarkable, genius even.  Here is an animal, that is always on the go, can hardly ever hold still, and just one moment, it holds perfectly still. Pretty amazing!
Squirrel in the road

I love learning about this animal--incredible!  

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Squirrels, Books, and Bouquet of Pencils means - a Giveaway!

You could win a print, a book,  or a pencil sharpener!

I was thinking about fall and all the wonderful things: pumpkins, apples orchards, Halloween, and then I came across this beautiful painting.  You can buy a print from Ria's Esty store, or perhaps you will be the lucky winner!

Giveaway #1

Red Squirrel

I suddenly remembered that squirrels are an important part of fall.  They are busy gathering nuts, preparing their winter nests, and of course being cute.  Well, that's if you like rodents, which I really do not.

Did you know there are over 200 varieties of squirrels?  The smallest is the African pygmy which is only five inches and the largest is the Indian giant squirrel with is three feet in length.  

African Pygmy Squirrel

Indian Giant Squirrel
So, as we explore squirrels on my blog, it made me think about exploration--which led me to announce the giveaway of this book.

Giveaway #2

Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half, by Jeffrey Politsky, is a children’s book of adventure. It is recommended for ages 4-9.

Children love to explore; it’s intuitive. And they tend to struggle when asked to confine their activities and behaviors to our adult-imposed rules and paths. Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half is a vibrantly and exceptionally well-illustrated adventure book meant to inspire children to follow their urges to explore and to appreciate diversity. The book starts off when “One day a little brown monkey with dazzling olive green eyes, a friendly smile, and a long curly tail asked his father if there was more to the life than just hanging around with other monkeys and eating bananas.” Before long he meets a lovely grey cat and a majestic blue pelican each on their own quests. Together, they explore a foreign island and when their journey takes them into a private swath of land, they befriend a local dog who takes them further than they ever imagined.

Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half emphasizes several significant values, which help us subsist and ultimately thrive: learning through independent exploration, the need for friendship, the importance of respect and tolerance for other cultures, languages, and lifestyle diversity, along with a healthy understanding of the powers of mother nature. 

I loved this book--and its exploration! Then I remembered that last fall, I went to New York City.  It was amazing way to explore the parks and museums. I was reminded about a favorite quote 
from the movie You've Got Mail.  "Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies."

Well you are not going to win a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils as your give away, but you will get the best pencil sharpener!  Last year, I bought a set of three, to give to each of my children's teachers.  They loved them.  If you don't win, you can always buy one at Classroom Friendly Supplies.

Giveaway #3

 Then you will be able to make yourself a bouquet of pencils.  

Now of course you have to enter the giveaway in order to win one of these exciting items.  

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