Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Squirrels That Celebrate EARTH DAY!

It is my great pleasure to welcome fellow G.A.P. author,
and writing companion in arms,

Let's give the 4th day of her Book Tour
a rousing reception


Her charming picture book, which doubles as an activity book, teaches kids how to rethink, reuse and recycle our Earth’s precious resources.  Shelby squirrel, the main character, after winning an Earth Day poster contest finds things around the house to re-purpose. When she meets a bluebird in distress on Earth Day, she comes to the rescue. With Earth Day drawing near, join me in celebrating our beautiful Earth with…..

"Trouble on Earth Day"
available at a discounted price on Kathy’s  blog:

and through
Amazon, B & N, and other online stores.

Fun Facts About Squirrels

Squirrels start mating when they are a year old. Male is the cleaner sex in squirrels. A male squirrel makes a sneezing sound when ready to mate.

The newborn squirrels are naked (without fur) and are called kittens. They remain blind for almost 2 months or more.

A squirrel stands motionless on two feet when it senses danger.
The tail helps the squirrel to balance its body while jumping.
They communicate with their distinctive chirps.

Another interesting fact about squirrels is that they have sweat glands on their feet. 
Phew, stinky feet.
White squirrels are rare and are mostly found in South East Asia and Thailand.

The African Pygmy is the smallest squirrel in the world. Its head and body length is only two and half inches long with a tail approximately the same length. They are found, in Southeastern Nigeria, Cameroon, and Gabon.

In the United States the largest concentration of squirrels is in Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, D.C. Some call it the "Squirrel Capital" of the World. Squirrels roam free and are well feed by the thousands of Government employees and visitors that tour the park daily.


                              Kathy's Other Book:
         Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep
             is available through the publisher,
               and through Amazon, B & N, and other online stores.

 Throughout Kathy's book tour visitors will be asked
to send their best EARTH photo to
They will be displayed on the last day of the tour.

A winner will be selected and awarded a

$10 gift card

Author Bio:

As a freelance writer and ghostwriter, Kathy Stemke has published over one hundred of articles in directories, magazines and on websites. She is a reviewer for Sylvan Dell Publishing and a former editor for The National Writing for Children Center. As a retired teacher, Kathy has several activities published with Gryphon House Publishing. Stemke is also part of the team at DKV Writing 4 U, a writing services company that includes ghostwriting, copywriting, editing, proofreading, critiquing, and resumes.  http://www.dkvwriting4u.com
Award winning author, Kathy Stemke’s first children’s picture book, Moving Through All Seven Days, was published on Lulu. Her next two picture books, Sh, Sh, Sh Let the Baby Sleep, and Trouble on Earth Day were released in 2011.  Visit her book blog at http://shshshletthebabysleep.blogspot.com

Mrs.Stemke offers great teaching tips, and children’s book reviews, as well as a monthly newsletter titled, MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM, on her blog: http://educationtipster.blogspot.com

Kathy Stemke is an
Award Winning Author/Educator/Freelance Writer
Trouble on Earth Day earned the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval
Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep won the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval

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Margot Finke
                          Books for Kids - Manuscript Critiques                       


  1. Wow! This post looks beautiful! Thank you Margot for all your help. You're the best, mate.

  2. Brava, Ladies. Post and blog look great. Happy to rave about them both!

  3. Terrific stop on Kathy's tour. Love the squirrel facts!

    Best wishes for your continued success,

  4. Thanks Nancy and Donna for stopping back.

  5. It is a pleasure to feature Kathy and her new book ladies. And thank you all for commenting. LOVE comments, mates.

    Books for Kids - Manuscript Critiques

  6. Great post. Learned some new things about squirrels.

  7. Hey Kathy, good luck on your tour. I know your book is a winner. The picture of the squirrel is precious, and Margot, this post is beautiful!

  8. Susan and Susanne, thanks for the support.

  9. Love the squirrel facts. It's that kind of info that really engages kids. Adults too.