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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press; Reprint edition (March 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554530237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554530236
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 10.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Listener on Sept. 15 2010
Format: Paperback
You just must read this book. It is so cute. Scaredy Squirrel has our sympathy. He is an agoraphobic, OCD squirrel (tough when you live out doors!) who begins to enjoy the new twists his misadventures put on his life. Grade three students pick up on all of the little humourous nuances throughout the book, although younger kids enjoy it too. It is a must have for every library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Storywraps TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 12 2008
Format: Paperback
Excellent book! Witty, funny and just an adorable character that everyone can identify with. This neurotic little squirrel overcomes his fears by leaping right into the unknown...and finding out that he is a flying squirrel! A good lesson for everyone...face your fears head on and be a conquerer. Illustrations and detail in this book are great. As a teacher in a classroom this book has a million possiblities to teach. I loved it! -by Marilyn
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Edstrom-Lemckert on Nov. 18 2008
Format: Paperback
My 3 3/4 year old daughter and I absolutely love this book and the entire Scardy Squirrel series. Scaredy squirrel is afraid of almost everything but when he does deviate from his routine, panic is then replaced with excitement. My daughter can not get enough of this book.
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I'm 22 years old and I love this book. It's a short but sweet tale about an adorable squirrel who is scared of almost everything and a little paranoid, but how circumstances beyond his control show him how great the world really is. I have all of Melanie Watt's books, even the Scaredy Squirrel puppet and when I'm feeling a little down, or need a quick distraction I pull out the books and enjoy the artwork.
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By nickerz on Nov. 1 2008
Format: Paperback
My K-2 class looooved this Willow Award book.
Each time we go to the library they now fight over who gets to take it next.I had to make a schedule!
It is fun for them to read and shows them that a story can be written in different ways as the text is written in a way that is fun and unique.
Worth adding to your home or school collection.
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By Jan Schenell on April 15 2014
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and also a great message. I may have been the only person to use this in a preteen church service...
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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.
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