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Attilio Guardo’s book Stubby and the Squirrel Community is a modern fable about power and responsibility.

When I think of Guardo’s book Stubby and the Squirrel Community, we are reminded of George Orwell’s Animal Farm where a power struggle is discussed. It also reminds us of Aesop’s classic fables such as The Lion and the Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare, and The Crow and the Fox. All feature conflict between two animals. Let us take a closer look at Attilio Guardo’s Stubby and the Squirrel Community.

Stubby and the Squirrel Community

Stubby and the Squirrel Community follow the story of Stephan Rovernut, the mayor of the Squirrel Community. One fine day while Stephan was on his way to work, a large hawk attacked him. Despite being a small victim compared to his flying predator, Stephan somehow survived the attack. However, the incident left Stephan injured and lost his tail. The Squirrel Community was outraged by the incident and considered itas the Incredible Injustice. Unknown to Stephan and the rest, Sly Slick plans to take over. Sly is the least liked member of the community. He plans to use the event as an opportunity to discredit Stephan and eventually become the mayor of the Squirrel Community. Fuel by his lust for power, he now claims that the mayor must be ousted from his office because he is no longer fit, on the account that he doesn’t have a tail anymore. As the story unfolds, Sly grew obsessed and is determined in his attempt to replace Stephan as the mayor of the Squirrel Community.

Stubby and the Squirrel Community is a unique tale that teaches readers that power does not reside in one person. It teaches kids the importance of leadership and cooperation. Here, Guardo demonstrates that it does not do good to lust for power and to think only of one’s interest. Stubby and the Squirrel Community remind us of the old maxim ‘United, we stand. Divided, we fall.’ Guardo’s book is a very timely and valuable read.

Other Books by Attilio Guardo

  • A Special Time in Clear Creek
  • Halloween at Clear Creek
  • The Miracle of Wendy Whimple
  • The Puppy Without a Tail
  • The Other Side of Love
  • The Bald Eagle Who Wanted to Fly the American Flag 

Attilio Guardo

Attilio Guardo was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Hartford Connecticut. His love for writing began when he was still very young. Art wrote his first story when he was still nine years old. It was a 55-page novel entitled “Three Ways. At age eleven, he wrote a short play. 

Attilio Guardo graduated from the University of Hartford with a Bachelor of Science in General Business Management, before becoming a member of the U.S. Army. After leaving the army, he went on to work in the accounting and management profession. 

According to Attilio Guardo, some of his grandchildren inspired him to write children’s stories. For a time, he kept manuscripts until he decided to finally publish one of them. published his first novel, “A Special Time in Clear Creek” in 2004, and followed it up with a sequel a year later- “Halloween at Clear Creek.”. Attilio Guardo later focused on a children’s book, which title: “The Bald Eagle Who Wanted to Fly the American Flag.” The idea came to him one morning out of thin air while he was taking a shower. Though Guardo considers it to be a children’s book, several adults have read and appreciated his work. When not writing or playing with his grandchildren, Attilio Guardo spends a great deal of time painting with oil and watercolor.

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