I was a voracious reader as a child. One of my elementary report cards says something like, “Sallie checks many books out of the library. But does she read them?” Yes, I probably read most of them. So to say a book is perhaps my favorite is a strong statement. But as I sit here I cannot think of any picture book I loved more than Miss Suzy by Miriam Young. I still have my copy and count it amongst my childhood treasures. And so I was very delighted when I looked on Amazon to see that it was currently in print!
And I was not surprised when I saw there were 106 ratings on Amazon and every. single. one. of them was five star. It is that charming of a book.
Miss Suzy is a little gray squirrel who lives happily in her oak-tree home until she is chased away by some mean red squirrels. Poor Miss Suzy is very sad. But soon she finds a beautiful dollhouse and meets a band of brave toy soldiers.
How Miss Suzy and the soldiers help each other makes a gentle, old-fashioned tale that has captured the imaginations of girls and boys alike for forty years. Arnold Lobel’s enchanting pictures are sure to make the kind squirrel and the gallant soldiers the everlasting friends of all who turn these pages.
As I get older, it is interesting to look at how the books of my childhood shaped me and also why certain ones appealed to me so strongly. As I reread Miss Suzy this morning, knowing myself better now and who I was created to be, I can see why this book was one of my favorites. Why? Because I see so much of myself in Miss Suzy.