Book Review: When the Squirrel Sings by Shana Hollowell | Illustrated by Jennifer Finch

Cover art of When the Squirrel Sings

Thank you to Sandra’s Book Club for sharing a review copy with me in exchange for an honest review!

Book Details

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Age(s): 3-5 years

Publisher: Self-published

Publication date: May 18, 2019

Pages: 43

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Book Synopsis

(From Goodreads)

This enchanting children’s picture book makes music come alive when a squirrel sings and a magical, backyard symphony begins. Written by Shana Hollowell and Illustrated by Jennifer Finch.


An instant classic and heartwarming story your child will love.

Connects your child to the wonder and beauty of nature. Encourages outdoor play.

Lyrically written and beautifully illustrated.

A hidden heart on each page.

My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What a lovely, lovely book!

There are some picture book that simply make my heart sing–and this is one of those!

Beautiful, lively, colorful watercolor illustrations transport me back to my childhood, when I spent most of my time playing outdoors. Today’s children, engrossed in their screens, miss out the joy of getting dirty in the mud, watching butterflies and insects go about their work, or see the orange smudge of the setting sun.

Written from the point of view of an adorable squirrel who sings a song while children play, this book encourages children to go outside and play and appreciate the beauty of nature. The story features butterflies, birds, insects, turtles, and even earthworms as part of the audience, which enjoys the squirrel’s song.

The story is written in rhyming verse and is a delight to read to children. My child learned about a few new creatures–earthworms , woodpeckers, and beetles–from this book.

I found out later that there’s a hidden heart on each page–a good idea to introduce a hidden object game. It encourages the child to look at the pictures more deeply and analyze the shapes and colors.

My child asks for the “squirrel story” every day!

Highly recommended if you have young children below the age of 5.

About the Author

Shana Hollowell lives in Virginia with her husband, two young sons, dog, cats, koi fish, and hundreds of bonsai trees. She works as a manager for the Virginia Department of Health.

Her picture books are for ages 3-5, preschool to kindergarten, and include Little Mouse’s Sweet Treat and When the Squirrel Sings.

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About the Illustrator

Jennifer Finch, Illustrator

Jennifer L. Finch is a self-taught, mural artist that grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. With no formal training, she spent most of her life painting and drawing her true passion… horses! She owns a wall mural business called Jaden’s Dreaming Tree. She lives with her two young daughters, Jeylah and Aryah, and husband, Matt, on their 5 acres in Windsor, Virginia.

2 responses to “Book Review: When the Squirrel Sings by Shana Hollowell | Illustrated by Jennifer Finch”

  1. […] found Little Mouse’s Sweet Treat [full review] and When the Squirrel Sings [full review] to be perfect for very young children (2-5 years). They have big, bright pictures about animals […]

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