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Scaredy Squirrel [Paperback]

Melanie Watt
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March 1 2008 Scaredy Squirrel
Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree. It's way too dangerous out there. He could encounter tarantulas, green Martians or killer bees. But in his tree, every day is the same and if danger comes along, he's well-prepared. Scaredy Squirrel's emergency kit includes antibacterial soap, Band-Aids and a parachute. Day after day he watches and waits, and waits and watches, until one day ? his worst nightmare comes true! Scaredy suddenly finds himself out of his tree, where germs, poison ivy and sharks lurk. But as Scaredy Squirrel leaps into the unknown, he discovers something really uplifting ?

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I'd like to give it 6 six stars, please. Sept. 15 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun Nov. 18 2008
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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5.0 out of 5 stars delightful images 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Really? You read this to your kids? Feb. 10 2014
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? That they should fear life? That pharmaceuticals and chemical sludge known as antibacterial soap and bug sprays are a necessity to get by? Perhaps there is a place for this book- in a children's therapy ward, but in my house, read to my happy children....absolutely not. The story doesn't even read well (I have not read it to my kids, it was a gift and it was never presented to them). It's choppy and is mostly pictures with random words and phrases and not a well flowing story. This book should get no stars but I couldn't rate it that poorly. The longer I'm a parent, the more I realize how many crappy kids books are out there....this one by far is the top of the worst list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grandson loved it! Aug. 22 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Book Aug. 4 2013
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A very cute story. I love the way it's narrated, and my son (5 years old) adores the story. Definitely a great buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this one first Aug. 16 2012
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I now have 5 Scaredy Squirrel books. Love them all.
I read them to my 5 and 8 yr old boys. They both love it.
Well written and illustrated, i get a laugh out of this series as well!
I think it's fun for a child to see a cute known animal, be scared of everything, has clear opinions on what to be scared of, then finds out that it's not that bad after all.
Can be read again and again.
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