Photographer, author, and accomplished craftsperson Nancy Rose harnesses wild squirrels’ natural sense of curiosity—and love for peanuts!—to attract them to meticulously crafted domestic scenes, which she builds and arranges on her back deck. The squirrels come to investigate and eat the strategically hidden nuts—and in doing so, become participants in a singularly adorable photo shoot. Here is a squirrel pushing a tiny wicker baby carriage. A sporty squirrel about to take a bike for a spin. And a mischievous squirrel ignoring a scarecrow to sneak a snack in a farmer’s field. They’re like peanuts; you can’t get enough. Printed on FSC-certified paper.
A whimsical new mini calendar based on the award-winning book series. The subject matter—real, wild squirrels interacting with tiny propped scenes created by photographer Nancy Rose—is a perfect fit for this diminutive 7″ x 7″ format.The full-color photographs are unexpected, infused with humor, and accompanied by charming captions. Printed on FSC-certified paper.
Oakley the Squirrel: The Search for Z is an alphabet book like no other. In it, we meet Little Oakley as he embarks on a quest to find the letter Z. He searches through an alphabet of human objects—looks beneath the Bed, claws through the Closet, digs through Drawers, examines his Easel, and so on. By the time he gets to a basket of yarn, Oakley starts to yawn, and soon falls asleep. And Z—as in, Zzzzzz!—appears!
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Photographer Nancy Rose lives in Hubley, Nova Scotia, Canada and is a retired high school Guidance Counsellor and proud grandmother. She is rarely without a camera and sees subjects everywhere.
A passion for nature and wildlife, and a lifetime spent as a crafter merged when she discovered the curiosity of the little American Red squirrels who raided the bird feeders in her backyard. Nancy creates squirrel size props using cardboard, clay, and assorted craft supplies. She arranges them in miniature settings and she has created numerous scenarios on her backyard deck where the inquisitive squirrels find themselves in some rather human like poses as they search for peanuts hidden in the props.
Her favourite squirrel, Mr. Peanuts, was the first to eat from her hand and now many of his friends stop by and check out the little dioramas Nancy sets up on her picnic table on her back deck.
Nancy’s squirrel pictures have been featured on numerous websites, such as Amusing Planet, Buzzfeed, Petapixel ,and the Daily Mail in the UK. She has been interviewed on Skype by a German TV show and was the Tuesday feature for Washington Post’s “Third Annual Squirrel Week” series. She has also been interviewed locally by Halifax Herald, CBC, CTV, and Global TV at her home, and occasionally her squirrels were happy to make an appearance.
Nancy's first book, The Secret Life of Squirrels, came out in 2014, followed by Merry Christmas Squirrels (2015), The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story (2016), and The Secret Life of Squirrels: Back to School! (2018).
Nancy is represented by Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists in Toronto.
Mr Peanuts and Nancy in the news
Modelling for a Nancy Rose photo shoot is not for everyone. At all times the model must wear their fur coat and they need to be able to fit into small spaces like shoe boxes and pumpkins. Also, they need to be willing to work for peanuts. Fortunately for Rose none of this seems to bother them.