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Book Review: 'Scaredy Squirrel' takes children to new heights

7:15 PM, Jul. 8, 2013  |  Comments
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Feeling a little anxious about venturing out of town? Out of the neighborhood? Out of the house? You might need to meet Scaredy Squirrel!

Scaredy Squirrel is ready for any emergency. He thoughtfully prepares for any problem he might encounter in the forest: killer bees, sharks, green Martians. His schedule is planned to the minute, but day after day, just sitting in his tree is starting to get a little boring. Then one day, a bee flies by! In his attempt to avoid it, he knocks his safety kit out of the tree and ends up leaping after it. Surprise! He is a flying squirrel! Subsequent schedules include an occasional "leap into the unknown."

Further adventures of Scaredy Squirrel take him into the dark of night, to the beach and, in his latest book, camping. Scaredy would be happy to camp out in his living room and watch movies about camping on his new TV, but he needs to venture into the unknown woods to find a way to plug it in! Will he encounter the Three Bears, quicksand or (horrors!) zippers? Coming in August is "Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween: A Safety Guide for Scaredies."

Melanie Watt, a Canadian author and illustrator, plays out some of her own insecurities through Scaredy Squirrel and hopes her readers will do the same. There are many details to pore over on the page, many that will tickle adults as they share this with children. Watt's illustrations are bold, graphic shapes on large spaces of white or solid colors. Each story includes many graphs, diagrams and charts so Scaredy can evaluate the pros and cons of moving out of his comfort zone.

Watt's books have quickly become favorites across the U.S. and Canada. All of her books also are available in French. Find one and read with a timid soul.

Recommended for children in preschool through grade two.

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