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Scaredy Squirrel

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Frightened-squirrel tale great for helping kids face fears.

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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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