Written by Jane Rushmore
Illustrated by Sally Darby
A funny story of silly squirrels. Marney is a grey squirrel who is having a hard time finding his winter food.
Marney's Mix Up shows the pitfalls of Marney, a grey squirrel who ventures beyond his home to gather nuts in autumn. His pre-conceptions of what it means to be 'squirrel' come into play after several awkward encounters with a red squirrel from the other side of the park. Marney's Mix-Up shines a comedic light on the pre-conceived judgements we all make about 'perceived difference', often leading to misguided prejudice and allows for conversation with young children about racial bias. It does this in a light-hearted and engaging way that will introduce pre-school and early years children to the idea of how we can explore and celebrate similarities and differences, without misjudging or mistreating other people.
"Jane Rushmore's sensitive and gentle text handles tough topics such as fear of what we don't know and inherent bias with ease and deftly conveys a message of unity and acceptance for little readers." @kindkids_bookclub
"This is a great way to open up the conversation with young children about how we can celebrate our similarities and differences in a light hearted way" @amy_motheringarainbow
"This is a story with a great moral about making snap judgements based on differences and personal prejudices. We learn that if we stop to take the time to listen and get to know someone then we will see the similarities and common ground that we share and form the basis of a friendship" @mrsbrownsbookbox