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Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel (edition 2008)

by Melanie Watt, Melanie Watt (Illustrator)

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Title:Scaredy Squirrel
Authors:Melanie Watt
Other authors:Melanie Watt (Illustrator)
Info:Kids Can Press, Ltd. (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 42 pages
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Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watt



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In my opinion this is a great book. The big idea of the story is to not be afraid to go out of your comfort zone; even if it is scary at first, it can be rewarding. The message is one of the main things I enjoyed about this book because it is relatable. It can be especially beneficial to students with anxiety or control issues. Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his tree because he is afraid of what might happen, but when he is forced to leave he realizes that it is not as scary as he originally thought. For example, when he is falling out of the tree he regrets leaving, but then realizes he can glide because he is a flying squirrel. It shows that you don’t know what you can do until you try. Also, I really enjoyed the visuals in this book. Melanie Watt used a variety of techniques to tell the story, such as pictures, charts, diagrams, and schedules. One example of this is the chart that shows Scaredy Squirrel’s daily schedule instead of just telling it. This example in particular can be helpful for students who are visual learners and relatable for students who use a schedule themselves. Using different types of visuals kept the story exciting, made it easier to follow, and enhanced the overall quality. ( )
  sbiela1 | Sep 12, 2016 |
Ok, it's not as hilarious as the [b:Chester|1703186|Chester (Chester)|Mélanie Watt|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1255810749s/1703186.jpg|1700253] books. But I think it was written specifically for me. The moral of the fable is if you take a flying leap into the unknown once in a while, you may learn something new about yourself" (*Horn Book* review). I need to regain that kind of courage, and this story may help me. It's definitely helping me cope with the feeling of fretfulness due to hormonal fluctuations during perimenopause." ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This clever children's book peeks into the hearts of the fearful with a likeable control freak of a squirrel. Awfulizing every event seems to be the obsessive compulsive behavior compelling the squirrel to plan a guestless birthday party for himself. Fortunately Scaredy has friends whose deep love for him enable them to overcome his short comings like playing dead for two hours when something scares him. The story allows children to understand and laugh at fears and maybe to overcome some of them. ( )
  jnmwheels | Apr 3, 2016 |
This book is irreverent, funny, and relatable for young readers. The main character is afraid of almost everything and sequesters himself in his trees, but this makes for a very boring life. Eventually, he makes a brave leap from his tree and discovers that he can glide- a flying squirrel! ( )
  catherineparry | Mar 12, 2016 |
This is a book about a scared squirrel who is scared of all kinds of things. He is afraid to leave his tree so he makes pro and con lists of doing so. He also makes itineraries and lists for everything. Finally the squirrel realizes that nothing horrible is happening so he makes drastic changes in his life and he lives not as scared anymore. This book is super cute, and would be a good read in my classroom, especially for those who are often afraid and scared of things.
Genre: Fantasy
Illustrations were set in Charcoal pencil and acrylic paint. ( )
  epatt14 | Mar 4, 2016 |
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Meet Scaredy Squirrel, a squirrel who never leaves his nut tree because he's afraid of the unknown "out there." But then, something unexpected happens that may just change his outlook.

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