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The Loneliness of Loren

Author:  Ruth Pietras

Illustrator:  Andrea Montano


Loren is a sad and lonely white
squirrel. Wandering the park he meets
a wise goose named Plato who is surrounded
by other park animals. One
day Plato asks Loren why he is so
sad. Loren says the other squirrels
won’t play with him and asks, “what’s
wrong with me, am I so different?”


The animals talk about how they are all
different and yet how they are the
same. During a drama􀆟c storm, the
various characters discover how each
has special talents and work together to
save those in danger and in the process
discover what it means to be friends.

The Loneliness of Loren by Ruth Pietras

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