Evergreen by Matthew Cordell

This new picture book is sure to be a treasured favorite.  It is a story about Evergreen the squirrel who is afraid of pretty much everything.  When Granny Oak becomes sick Evergreen is tasked with delivering Mom’s special soup to help her feel better.  Just the thought of traveling across Buckthorn Forest all by herself deeply frightens Evergreen but she knows she must go. With her mother’s reassurance that she can do it the adventure begins. Along the way Evergreen meets a rabbit, a hawk, a toad and other forest dwellers and each time she proves that she can be brave.  Those who help her along the way will surprise and delight. The ending is a great big roaring surprise which you will not see coming! This clever book has relatable characters for any child and the illustrations are delightful. If you read this book remember to look under the dust jacket for another surprise.  

Reviewed by Michelle Zimostrad
Butman-Fish Library