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Character Spotlight: TsTs

by Kayla Aldrich, Read to Them staff

Hello, all! Welcome to day one with Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins. We're so glad to have you join us and hope that you're ready for all the fun awaiting you with this title. Diving right in, we thought we'd kick off your week by introducing you to one of the many furry friends you'll meet in the coming weeks...


Name: TsTs

Species: Squirrel

Home: TsTs lives in a forest, surrounded by trees - and also by predators like the hawk that swooped down and took Jed. Most of the time, TsTs stays in the trees, using the thick lives to hide. She comes down, of course, as nuts tend to fall to the forest floor. There's a pretty large squirrel population where TsTs lives. For instance, there's Jip, who likes to cry wolf (and hawk!), Chebby and Jetta the elders, among others.

Friends: Of all the squirrels around, though, those closest to TsTs are Jed and Chai.

Personality: One thing you should know about TsTs from the outset is that she is determined. When she realizes that Jed has escaped from the hawk's talons, TsTs refuses to rest until she and Chai are able to bring Jed home safely.

Notable Quote: "He won't know where he is. He probably had his eyes shut the whole time. We need to go find him and bring him home."

Be sure to join us back here on Wednesday for a look into the history behind the phrase "nuts to you." In the meantime, we invite you to share photos with us of you and your family during the reading event on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Looking for a community to talk about all things Nuts to You? Don’t forget to join Flipgrid to share your thoughts with your peers. Be well, all, and happy reading!

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