Trash Mountain

Trash Mountain This You Should Know Gray Squirrels Are Almost Always Larger, Faster, And Aggressive Than Reds They Out Eat The Reds And Out Breed Them Science Says The Grays Will Eventually Win Nutley Is A Young Red Squirrel For Most Of His Life, He S Been Content To Live On Local Seeds And The Cautious Wisdom Of His Parents But Like So Many Young Squirrels Before Him, He Feels The Call Of The Wild And The Hazelnuts Beyond The Safety Of His Family S Own Tree Nutley Wonders What It Would Be Like To Be Dangerous, Like The Growing Band Of Gray Squirrels That Roam His Neighborhood Nature, Which Is Truly Red In Tooth And Claw, Forces Nutley To Find Out If He S Cut Out For A Life Of Danger He Must Flee His Familiar Tree For The Smelly Shelter Of The Local Landfill There, With The Help Of Some Unlikely Allies, He Might Just Be Able To Make A Stand Against The Grays This You Should Know No Matter What Scientists Say Is Almost Always True, The Exceptions Are Almost Always The Best Stories I really just did not like this book My main problem with it was the treatment of the different types of animals, especially since the term race was used to refer to the different types of squirrels Few people would be ok with a children s book that states and reaffirms through the plot that one race of people was bad, devious, violent, and otherwise terrible, no exceptions, yet somehow it s acceptable when the characters are squirrels instead of humans I was hoping this would turn out to I really just did not like this book My main problem with it was the treatment of the different types of animals, especially since the term race was used to refer to the different types of squirrels Few people would be ok with a children s book that states and reaffirms through the plot that one race of people was bad, devious, violent, and otherwise terrible, no exceptions, yet somehow it s acceptable when the characters are squirrels instead of humans I was hoping this would turn out to be a story in which a character s prejudices are overturned by first hand experience, but it s not The main character has certain beliefs about gray squirrels, sea gulls, and rats that are, for the most part, confirmed throughout the course of the book Even when individual rats and gulls help him or display one or two characteristics inconsistent with his original ideas about them, the overall impression of those animals still fits within his preconceived notions.When you read this book, try substituting human for squirrel or replacing gray and red with black and white and then see how you feel about the lessons this story is teaching children I generally like Jane Yolen, but I m disappointed with this book Note I received an ARC from the publisher. This book was not at all what I expected I basically picked it up because of the cover with the cute red squirrel I ve always liked squirrels and the cute illustrations are the ONLY good part of this book Basically the storyline is Nutley, a young red squirrel, doesn t understand why the grey squirrels get the best food homes etc and decides to try to make friends with them When he does they attack him and leave him for dead, then the next day they come back and kill his parents When I rea This book was not at all what I expected I basically picked it up because of the cover with the cute red squirrel I ve always liked squirrels and the cute illustrations are the ONLY good part of this book Basically the storyline is Nutley, a young red squirrel, doesn t understand why the grey squirrels get the best food homes etc and decides to try to make friends with them When he does they attack him and leave him for dead, then the next day they come back and kill his parents When I read that I was like WTF This is a children s book Nutley vows revenge on the greys He winds up in the dump which the local animals call Trash Mountain There he meets a rat named Naw and a seagull named Larie While his parents always told him that rats and seagulls were stupid and of no value, Nutley realizes that might not always be the case Nutley realizes that across the street from Trash Mountain is a grove of hazelnut trees, but soon he also realizes they are the territory of the gang of grey squirrels that attacked him and killed his parents One night when Nutley is trying get some hazelnuts they attack him again and come to Trash Mountain looking to finish him off There his newfound rat and seagull friends help him out and a grey squirrel rat seagull battle takes place.I was hoping this book would show Nutley making friends with some of the grey squirrels and realizing that not everyone who s not like you is not the enemy I was REALLY surprised at how the grey squirrels were characterized I was also really surprised at the fact that Nutley decides to live on Trash Mountain instead of the hazelnut trees especially once the Trash Mountain animals take care of the gang of evil grey squirrels I would not recommend this book to ANYONE it was pretty terrible and did not really have any kind of redeeming good message The only plus is the cute illustrations which don t work with the violent story at all.If you want a GOOD children s book series with squirrels as characters try the Mistmantle series or the Redwall books Completely disappointingespecially coming from a wonderful author like Jane Yolen While based on scientific fact that non indigenous gray squirrels are pushing out red squirrels in England, this whole book is an unintentional allegory supporting racism Grey squirrels are murderous bullies, seagulls and rats are dirty, filthy jerks, and red squirrels are just perfect in every way I was hoping while reading this, it would culminate with the realization that the stereotyping of an entire rac Completely disappointingespecially coming from a wonderful author like Jane Yolen While based on scientific fact that non indigenous gray squirrels are pushing out red squirrels in England, this whole book is an unintentional allegory supporting racism Grey squirrels are murderous bullies, seagulls and rats are dirty, filthy jerks, and red squirrels are just perfect in every way I was hoping while reading this, it would culminate with the realization that the stereotyping of an entire race is incorrect, but it did not Yes, I do realize that I may be reading too much into it, but seeing the other reviews here, I m apparently not the only one Nature is brutal, yes, but when personifying animals for a children s story, you of course are going to make the human connection Will children read that much into it I m not surebut, at the very least, what I am sure is that they can easily come to the assumption that gray squirrels are horrible and should be destroyed, that the only way to solve differences is with violence, and that its a good idea to hide in an abandoned washing machine and close the door to get away from your foes There have been other wonderful books that used animals involved in survival battles Poppy by Avi, as an example , but when done right, it came down to basic survival based on natural cycles of life food webs, territory protection, etc Trash Mountain turns an entire group of animals based on color, mind you into total murderous bullies for no reason Its very easy to take the color issue one step further, and many children will do so This book was so NOT what I expected It was filled with brutal violence, horrible bullying, murder of the main character s parents in front of that very young character, numerous deaths, racial stereotyping, etc I can t believe a children s author would even suggest that one of the characters should hide in an abandoned washing machine and actually close the door WHY would she plant that seed in her young reader s mind What if a child acted upon that idea, became trapped, and died As a c This book was so NOT what I expected It was filled with brutal violence, horrible bullying, murder of the main character s parents in front of that very young character, numerous deaths, racial stereotyping, etc I can t believe a children s author would even suggest that one of the characters should hide in an abandoned washing machine and actually close the door WHY would she plant that seed in her young reader s mind What if a child acted upon that idea, became trapped, and died As a children s librarian in a public library, I would not recommend this book to any child I picked this up for my 4th grader since I recognized the author from the series of How do Dinosaurs He liked it but warned me that it was very sad After reading the other reviews, I wondered if I should have read it first before giving it to my son I asked him what one of the themes of the book was and he said, don t give up So there s that. Upper elementary novel, fascinating new info about the difference between red and gray squirrels, clever story, illustrated and generally a very good book For students who love animals, I don t love books where the narrator is an animal, but Jane Yolen is an amazing writer. Would not recommend this to anyone I would give it 3.5 The story seems to have the potential for deep social commentary about society, differences, even races, but it fell short The rats, the gulls, the gray squirrels, and the reds, with some unlikely friendships and a trash pile with a laundry appliance at the summit.When one of the gray squirrels was unconscious, our red squirrel protagonist Nutley considered whether he should gnaw his head off I m not sure why that visual was required The book does have a dark side to in I would give it 3.5 The story seems to have the potential for deep social commentary about society, differences, even races, but it fell short The rats, the gulls, the gray squirrels, and the reds, with some unlikely friendships and a trash pile with a laundry appliance at the summit.When one of the gray squirrels was unconscious, our red squirrel protagonist Nutley considered whether he should gnaw his head off I m not sure why that visual was required The book does have a dark side to interspecies relations Well, we did finish it Next I bought this book because animal fantasy is one of my favorite genres especially when it involves rodents, and then especially when those rodents are squirrels However, it turned out to be a complete disappointment It is outrageous how much Britain s gray squirrels are vilified in the media, and this book is no exception From what I ve heard, it all mainly comes from propaganda spread by people who have monetary interest in killing these innocent animals The real reason for the red squirr I bought this book because animal fantasy is one of my favorite genres especially when it involves rodents, and then especially when those rodents are squirrels However, it turned out to be a complete disappointment It is outrageous how much Britain s gray squirrels are vilified in the media, and this book is no exception From what I ve heard, it all mainly comes from propaganda spread by people who have monetary interest in killing these innocent animals The real reason for the red squirrels decline is habitat loss from human activity in depth information can be found at these websites and I was surprised that such a book could come from as good an author as Jane Yolen, and it is alarming that a story aimed at impressionable children could be so consistently negative toward a species of animal The supposed facts actually falsehoods throughout will do nothing but mislead them and cause gray squirrels to be the objects of undeserved hatred It would have been much better if Nutley had learned that they are not so bad after all A possible friendship between he and the gray squirrel Groundling is promising at first but is never allowed to develop Nutley s view of the grays does not change the reader is left with the conclusion that all of them are irredeemably evil Ultimately, no matter their part in driving the red squirrel from Britain, they are certainly not doing anything out of malice in reality, they aren t directly attacking the reds and in some cases have lived peacefully alongside them for years Grays and reds have at times actually shared dreys I know this book is fictionalized, but even with anthropomorphized animals, there should be some basis in truth and a positive message for children You won t find that here Instead, I recommend you pick up Cyril s Woodland Quest, a story about red and grey squirrels that addresses the folly of prejudices Poor young Nutley a small red squirrel has a taste for danger, quite a problem when living among larger, unfriendly, aggressive gray squirrels Reading one of Jane Yolen s fascinating scientific inquiry double spreads sprinkled throughout the story, it becomes clear that introduced species can sometimes damage an ecosystem Gray squirrels were described as an introduced species by Nutley s father as he warned him against approaching them In his naivete Nutley does not heed his father s ad Poor young Nutley a small red squirrel has a taste for danger, quite a problem when living among larger, unfriendly, aggressive gray squirrels Reading one of Jane Yolen s fascinating scientific inquiry double spreads sprinkled throughout the story, it becomes clear that introduced species can sometimes damage an ecosystem Gray squirrels were described as an introduced species by Nutley s father as he warned him against approaching them In his naivete Nutley does not heed his father s advice, and barely survives Before long young he finds himself a new home, residing on Trash Mountain, which he inhabits with rats and gulls The wire encased home that Nutley assumes is safe from intruders proves otherwise This tale of danger, bravery, and friendship is beautifully told, as unlikely friendships develop The detailed ink illustrations throughout the story are expressively charming Readers with a scientific mind and a bit of imagination will appreciate watching young Nutley develop into a strong, resourceful, and kind squirrel through many death defying skirmishes

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  • Hardcover
  • 184 pages
  • Trash Mountain
  • Jane Yolen
  • 05 March 2018
  • 1467712345