Monday, 25 October 2010

Scaredy Squirrel - A Book

I wasn't sure what book to write about first.  I love so many, so it was hard to choose.  But I decided on a book with one of my favourite literary characters,  Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watts.  Melanie, is a celebrated children's author and a Canadian girl from Quebec.  She is fantastically creative, and I have read most of her books.  You may think of this picture book, as just as kids book, but it is secretly the best book you can give to an adult!  Who else other than adults know what a scary place the world can be!  It is a must have for all A type personalities, that feel the need to plan out every inch of their life.  Can you tell I have some experience in this department?

This book is filled with humour from beginning to end and has often had my kids and I laughing out loud, even though we have read it several hundred times.  It is like an owner's manual for worrywarts, that gives step by step instructions on how to eventually seize the day!  The illustrations are a hit with kids young and old.   And the book has useful tips on what to do if you come face to face with a potential biter, which is useful information, no matter what stage of life you find yourself.  Whether you five and in kindergarten, or forty-five and work in the financial district, there is always a potential biter that you might need to deal with!  You know I am right!

The story in a nutshell: Scaredy Squirrel is petrified of the ‘unknown,’ which means anything outside of his nut tree.  He prepares himself for the worst always, and has a plan A and plan B and even a plan C in case of emergency.  If danger threatens, his emergency kit includes antibacterial soap, Band-Aids and a parachute. But, when Scaredy Squirrel suddenly finds himself out of his tree, he discovers something about himself that he never knew.  The adventures of this tightly wound squirrel who is perpetually pushed out of his comfort zone will be a hit with young and the not so young!  So head to your local library, and borrow Scaredy’s adventure today. Learn why although it is good practice to always avoid germs, pirates and walruses, you may need to risk those dangers to come face to face with the greatest adventure of all!

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