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By Stephanie Snyder, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Courage triumphs in this sweet tale about helping others.

Evergreen book cover: A wide-eyed squirrel wearing a tattered cloak holds an acorn; title is displayed in large, capital font

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This endearing story reminds us that great things can be accomplished, even in the face of fear. Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell has such a gift for personifying animal characters that readers fall in love with, and he does it again in Evergreen. He pulls on readers' heartstrings by conveying Evergreen's fear, but he also empowers readers by showing how she's able to help so many others, even though she's afraid. An unexpected twist, along with Cordell's unique artistic style, cement both the story and the life lessons in this modern classic.

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