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Going Nuts: Tales from the Squirrel World

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Gorgeous look into the varied lives of the humble squirrel.

TV Max Educational 2021
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Exquisite care taken to explore the lives of squirrels results in a top-shelf documentary. In Going Nuts: Tales from the Squirrel World, an acorn drops into a rainwater cache in a forest in Europe. The acorn sinks to the bottom of the clear pool, the spash reverberates in a perfect crown of water. A squirrel wants that acorn, scheming, stretching, even wading into the dread water to get it. The visual drama of the moment is slowed to a delectable pace, and the viewer is drawn deeply into this tiny forest drama.

There are some surprises, as the orange and black squirrels of India -- as big as the resident monkeys -- climb into view. The ninja moves of the Cape ground squirrel are pretty impressive to see as well. Kids will enjoy getting to know more about the animals that live in the tree in the backyard. Adults will appreciate the high-resolution wildlife photography. A reminder that even nature's most unassuming residents can fascinate us.

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