So how does a U-M alumnus and journalist who regularly tears apart politicians and investigates true crime write a heartwarming children’s picture book about a mother squirrel living in her parents’ North Dakota backyard? Arizona commentator Jana Bommersbach has a simple answer: “My mother told me to write it, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my years, it is to do what my mother tells me!”
Bommersbach’s first book, The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd, was a national bestseller and was named Arizona’s One Book AZ selection in 2010. The author mines far gentler territory with A Squirrel’s Story—A True Tale. The children’s book provides a spunky, tender glimpse into the lives of Shirlee Squirrel and her children, Sammy and Sally. Retold in Bommersbach’s best “squirrel speak,” Shirlee’s story speaks to the heart as young readers learn about instinct, survival, and most importantly, a mother’s love. The book includes curriculum and activity guides which are perfect for home and classroom use.
A Squirrel’s Story—A True Tale won the 2013 USA Book News “Best Book Award” in the category of children’s picture book, softcover non-fiction.The book is illustrated by Jeff Yesh.