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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers learn a bit about a squirrel's home life, as well as basic outdoor safety, daily schedules, and contingency plans.
Scaredy Squirrel imparts important messages about facing one's fears in a measured, responsible way that allows you to experience the world, but still think about safety. It celebrates the idea of letting go enough to let yourself take risks, but also have fun.
Positive Role Models
There's only one character in the book, Scaredy Squirrel, but his mix of fears, concerns, and excitement about the unknown world are portrayed as relatable and realistic.
Violence & Scariness
The subject of the book is general fear, and there's very minor peril when Scaredy Squirrel's confronted with a killer bee and panics momentarily, but he survives unscathed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents Need to Know that Melanie Watt's Scaredy Squirrel is the story of a fearful squirrel who's afraid to leave the tree due to a number of possible hazards, including spiders, germs, and bees. There's a bit of panic when one of his biggest fears is realized, but the outcome's extremely positive, as well as the lessons about the risk in never exploring the world. This book is the first in a series, upon which a TV cartoon series was loosely based.
Is It Any Good?
SCAREDY SQUIRREL is a magnificent book written and illustrated by Melanie Watt. It tackles the concerns of preschoolers with a lighthearted tone and a really big message: We can't always control our surroundings, but sometimes that's a good thing. The book depicts Scaredy's life as a humorous series of schedules, contingency plans, and emergency exits/ With the vivid charcoal pencil and acrylic illustrations, it's a vibrant, fun visual read about the reassuring nature of routine that's so important to young kids' sense of safety about the world. But venture out we must, and the tone and pace here are a pitch-perfect nudge for kids who are transitioning into new phases.
This is a book that kids and adults can both enjoy and learn a little something from, but it's particularly helpful during periods of separation anxiety or clinginess, as it reinforces that, even when we're faced with our fears, things can turn out OK -- even great in surprising ways -- if we just open ourselves up to new experiences.
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