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Gr. 1-3. In a tongue-in-cheek tale that may help to prod anxious readers out of their hidebound routines, a squirrel discovers the pleasures of leaping into the unknown. As the world's a scary place, what with the killer bees, green Martians, tarantulas, germs, and sharks that might be lurking about, Scaredy Squirrel keeps to his tree, and to a precise, minute-by-minute daily schedule--until a supposed "killer bee" actually wanders by, causing Squirrel to dislodge his suitcase-size emergency kit. A wild lunge to rescue it turns into a long glide (portrayed in a gatefold), as Squirrel discovers to his astonishment that he is a flying squirrel. Eventually, Squirrel returns in triumph to his tree and from then on adds a daily glide to his accustomed rounds. Despite the simply drawn cartoons and brief text, this is more sophisticated in tone than Martin Waddell's Tiny's Big Adventure (2004), though the message is similar. John Peters
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Watts conveys a difficult theme ? with an energetic playfulness ? (Scaredy Squirrel is) a masterful balance of charm, comedy and serious realism.
The bold, inviting compositions ... and paint-box colors ? add energy.
With his iconic nervous grin and over-the-top punctiliousness, Scaredy Squirrel is an endearing character.
Readers of any age will chuckle with recognition at the squirrel’s attempts to control his life.
Bound to win over its readers, parent and child, at the outset with its wry wit.
Youngsters will go nuts over this one.
and also a great message. I may have been the only person to use this in a preteen church service...Published 18 months ago by Jan Schenell
I personally can NOT understand why people like this series. We're imprinting our children's minds with the possibility that they should fear the world and all things around them? Read morePublished 20 months ago by java
Four year olds love this series and this story was no exception. It takes a few readings to figure out the nuances but eventually he got it.Published on Aug. 22 2013 by Victoria Cooper
A very cute story. I love the way it's narrated, and my son (5 years old) adores the story. Definitely a great buy.Published on Aug. 4 2013 by Lisa
This is a great book that any child would love. It has a great story complemented by wonderful illustrations. A must buy for anyone!Published on Jan. 30 2011 by Book Thief