Tuesday, November 9, 2010
By Melanie Watt
Tonawanda, NY : Kids Can Press, c2006. Unpaged. Picture book.
The Scaredy Squirrel books are some of my favorite picture books. Each one has a cautionary introduction. This one reads, "Warning: Scaredy Squirrel insists that everyone was their hands with antibacterial soap before reading this book." Scaredy gives us a list of things he is afraid of, a rundown of the advantages and disadvantages of leaving his nut tree, and his plan for an emergency escape if needed. Scaredy makes some drastic changes after facing an actual emergency (an encroaching bee) and decided to start living his life less cautiously. His "new-and-improved daily routine" only slightly differs from his old routine, but includes a "jump into the unknown" @ 9:37am.
This picture book is fun and will make you giggle. It is a great book to read aloud, and the illustrations are simple and silly to match the text. Overall, Scaredy is very lovable, and teaches that just one flying leap can change your life.
Other Scaredy Squirrel titles:
Scaredy Squirrel at Night
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach