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The Golden Acorn
The Golden Acorn
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The Golden Acorn

by Katy Hudson
Illustrated by Katy Hudson

Whoosh! Squirrel takes off at full speed through the autumn leaves. But pump the brakes, because this year The Golden Nut Hunt race it is a team event. Squirrel reluctantly enlists her friends and is not impressed. Will Squirrel's competitive spirit take over or will she learn how to be a team player? Best-selling author Katy Hudson (Too Many Carrots and A Loud Winter's Nap) proves that winning isn't everything in this energetic picture book about friendship, teamwork, and forgiveness -- and that's something to go nuts about!

PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Age Level3-5 Years
Reading LevelGrades PreK-1
Trim Size10 x 10
Page Count32

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Price: $7.99


Books That Heal - Roxanne

"What a fantastic book about putting your friends and their feelings FIRST.....instead of having to always win and be first. This is a skill all kids need to work on and be aware of. . . .This is the PERFECT book on competitiveness and teamwork. I highly recommend!" - Books That Heal

December 4, 2019

PSLA Teaching and Learning - Literature Review - Lindsey Long, Lower Dauphin SD

"Hudson’s story will be perfect for a preschool storytime about friendship, kindness, working together, or a lesson in being a gracious loser in games. Illustrations are chock-full of clever details and funny touches. . . .A simple, heart-warming friendship story paired with beautiful autumn illustrations worthy of pouring over with a little reader." - PSLA Teaching and Learning - Literature Review

October 15, 2019

Booklist - Connie Fletcher

"Tension builds until the satisfying resolution. The watercolor-and-ink illustrations showcase both the struggles of the cartoon-like creatures and the beauty of the autumnal forest. This delightful story about a hypercompetitive little squirrel delivers a great message in an exciting way. A prize." - Booklist

June 1, 2019


Barnes & Noble Kids, "July's Best New Picture Books" - Dell Villa

"This timely tale of teamwork, friendship, and patience is perfect for any goal-driven young reader getting ready to go back to school!" - Barnes & Noble Kids, "July's Best New Picture Books"

June 26, 2019

Kirkus Reviews

"The cadre of compassionate forest critters from A Loud Winter's Nap (2017) returns to prove that teamwork beats going it alone. . . .Set against a rich autumnal backdrop, pumpkin pie, candied apples, and warm woolen scarves pop. Plus, it's hard to imagine any funnier representation of a beaver squeezing through oaken knotholes than this. . . .Come for the cacophony of color and the slapstick..." - Kirkus Reviews

April 15, 2019

School Library Journal - Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence

"Hudson’s (Too Many Carrots) forest friends are back, still oblivious to each other’s needs, but always moving forward with best intentions. . . . Hudson’s adorable, detailed, and personality-filled watercolor and pen-and-ink depictions of the forest and its inhabitants provide a lovely diversion with a little lesson to boot. Suitable for a story time reading, the details require a longer look." - School Library Journal

January 24, 2020

Katy Hudson

Katy Hudson

Katy Hudson won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award Gold in 2014 for her illustrations in the book Animal Teachers. Her debut picture book, Bear and Duck, received strong reviews, including a starred review from Kirkus. Katy is the author of the best-selling picture books Too Many Carrots and A Loud Winter's Nap, which both received numerous positive reviews. Katy lives in London.

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