Review: The Golden Acorn


Book Title: The Golden Acorn (available here)

Author/Illustrator: Katy Hudson

Publisher: Raintree

Publication Date: September 2019

Most Suitable For: EYFS/KS1

Reviewed By: Caroline Wood, Library Manager

The Golden Acorn is a sweet tale of learning to become a team player when your abilities outstrip those of people around you. Squirrel is a champion runner and has won the Golden Acorn prize multiple times – but this year the rules have changed and she must work as part of a team. In effect, this is a Hare and Tortoise story; whilst Squirrel can reach the prize alone due to her sheer speed, she can’t carry it, and suddenly realises just how much she needs her slower but sturdier friends. In the end, it’s not the prize that matters but the companionship.


This is a good story to put into a general EYFS/KS1 library collection, and I think could also be used pastorally to introduce the idea of teamwork or to work with a child individually.

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Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Review Panel member Caroline for reviewing it.


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