Order Code: HRH108    ISBN : 9780374336974
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In this imagined tale based on real people, six-year-old Floy (nicknamed "Squirrel") Hutchings lives in Yosemite, where her parents run a small hotel. After her father hires John Muir as a carpenter, the rambunctious Squirrel becomes his shadow.

Together they talk with flowers, listen to snow, and observe the creatures around them. When Muir moves on, Squirrel is heartbroken, but finds comfort gazing down from her friend’s favorite lookout on the valley’s north wall. Illustrated with memorable watercolors by the author.

“Once again, [Emily Arnold McCully] makes a wild, small girl the center of stirring picture-book historical fiction…beautiful, double-page watercolor landscapes…The contrast between the child’s ‘glowering loneliness’ and the rich solitude she finds in nature will move young wilderness lovers profoundly.”—Booklist

“Caldecott medalist McCully again successfully creates a narrative that pairs a rambunctious girl character with a fascinating historical figure. McCully’s familiar watercolors beautifully capture the scenery while the simple text conveys the bond between the unlikely pair. A lovely tribute to the gentle genius of the Sierras that gives dimension to the man and respect to his name.”&mdashKirkus Reviews

“McCully’s sure watercolors capture the stunning natural beauty of the area and provide a majestic backdrop for the small figure of Squirrel.”—School Library Journal

“McCully deftly weaves Muir’s ideas and discoveries…into a story of unlikely friendship. Her watercolors are as adept at capturing the warmth and respect between man and child as they are at depicting the beauty of one of America’s natural treasures.”—The Horn Book

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