We gave it an A+
If you’re suffering from a bunny glut or Easter egg excess, Miss Suzy is the perfect antidote: a timely reissue of an Easter story originally published in ) 1972. Miss Suzy is a home-loving, matronly squirrel. She’s busily spring cleaning her house and getting ready for some holiday social calls. Venturing outside to pick forget-me-nots for her Easter bonnet, she stumbles upon an orphaned family of four little squirrels.
Quite without meaning to, she finds herself sacrificing her bonnet to make them Easter baskets, and then forsaking her neat home altogether to move into their makeshift nest and look after them.
Young’s down-to-earth narrative style is all the more affecting because she leaves the most poignant emotions to your imagination. ”I thought you were going to stay and be our mother,” says the littlest squirrel, Stevie, standing up in his crib. Miss Suzy, after looking at his big brown eyes, removes her hat. ”Well,” she says, ”I am.”
Lobel’s illustrations are tender with springtime greens, the soft rose of Miss Suzy’s dress, and the dollhouse charm of her glowing yellow firefly lanterns. He has the details just right, especially the yearning expressions on the faces of the orphans.
Miss Suzy is a lovely Easter celebration of unassuming self-sacrifice and the optimism of spring. A+