Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend

Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend

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by Mélanie Watt, Melanie Watt
     
 

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This book in the Scaredy Squirrel series shows our nutty hero making a friend. Scaredy finds that friendship is well worth the risks -- and the risks are considerable!See more details below

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This book in the Scaredy Squirrel series shows our nutty hero making a friend. Scaredy finds that friendship is well worth the risks -- and the risks are considerable!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cara Mulcahy
Captivating illustrations and lively text make this book a fun read. The reader is hooked as soon as she turns to the inside flap where Scaredy, the worrisome squirrel, introduces the story. The reader's curiosity is further piqued by a warning sign on the next page. Very quickly readers start to understand a few things about the main character. First and foremost, he is afraid of everything, and, as a result, he has no friends. As the story unravels, Scaredy describes the many precautions he takes as he searches for a friend. Finally, just as he locates who he thinks will make the perfect friend, his plans are abruptly changed. Illustrations and text are skillfully woven together throughout the book. The pages are filled with engaging and interactive illustrations. Many of the pages contain split images, maps, charts, diagrams, and lively depictions of Scaredy's plans and ideas. This will hold the interests of young readers while at the same time teaching lessons about life and friendship. Additionally, readers become familiar with graphics such as maps, charts, and diagrams. Appropriate for a classroom or a home library, adults and children can enjoy this book together.
School Library Journal

PreS - Gr 3 - Scaredy Squirrel is lonely, but he thinks that the pleasure of making a friend would be outweighed by the greater risk of potential danger. After all, there are a lot of things that bite out in the big world beyond his tree trunk such as beavers, bunnies, and, of course, Godzilla. Always thinking, Scaredy decides that the perfect friend (as in perfectly safe, clean, and quiet) would be the goldfish he spots across the park. He carefully outlines everything he will need to do to introduce himself to it, including handing over the Scaredy Risk Test to insure that his new friend is truly not a biter. What the squirrel doesn't plan for is the muddy, rowdy dog he encounters en route. However, he learns that friends come in all sorts of packages and that making an effort can really have rewards. The life lessons of the importance of overcoming one's fears and not judging on outward appearance are wrapped up in a witty package of deceptively simple cartoonlike illustrations that deliver great humor in a variety of lists and diagrams, such as the items Scaredy will need to make the perfect friend, how to outfit himself to make the perfect first impression, and an especially funny Perfect Plan map. The ebullient artwork, clever layout, and lively text make for a surefire hit.-Susan Moorhead, New Rochelle Public Library, NY

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From the Publisher
Muted-color illustrations downplay Scaredy’s anxieties and highlight the silliness of his over-the top tactics; playfully varied page designs add liveliness to a lighthearted story that doesn’t take itself too seriously ?

The humor is silly enough that kids with their own scaredy tendencies won’t feel preached at, and others will just appreciate the delicious ridiculousness that doesn’t keep Scaredy for getting the friend he needs.

The humor is silly enough that kids with their own scaredy tendencies won’t feel preached at, and others will just appreciate the delicious ridiculousness that doesn’t keep Scaredy for getting the friend he needs.

[A] true original on the picture book scene.

[A] true original on the picture book scene.

Fans will hope for much more from this endearing fellow.

Fans will hope for much more from this endearing fellow.

Children will identify with Scaredy Squirrel’s anxiety about making new friends. They will find his over-the-top fears amusing.

Children will identify with Scaredy Squirrel’s anxiety about making new friends. They will find his over-the-top fears amusing.

[E]bullient artwork, clever layout, and lively text ?

[E]bullient artwork, clever layout, and lively text ?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554533855
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Series:
Scaredy Squirrel Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
122,696
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Scaredy Squirrel makes a friend


By Mélanie Watt, Tara Walker

Kids Can Press

Copyright © 2007 Mélanie Watt
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4532-3944-5


CHAPTER 1

Scaredy Squirrel doesn't have a friend. He'd rather be alone than risk encountering someone dangerous. A squirrel could get bitten.

A few individuals Scaredy Squirrel is afraid to be bitten by:

walruses

bunnies

beavers

piranhas

Godzilla

So Scaredy Squirrel finds interesting ways to pass the time all by himself.

He reads.

He whistles.

He crafts.

He yawns.

He knits.

He chats.

He counts.

Until one day he spots ...

Someone perfectly safe!


The Perfect Friend

(according to Scaredy Squirrel)

bubbly personality

squeaky clean

quiet

NO teeth

germ-free

Doesn't do much, BUT is 100% safe!


A few items Scaredy Squirrel needs to make the Perfect Friend:

lemon

name tag

mittens

comb

mirror

air freshener

toothbrush

chew toy


How to make the Perfect First Impression:

prepare freshly squeezed lemonade

make sure name tag is visible

tame bad hair

brush teeth thoroughly and practice smile (check for nutty breath and food caught between teeth)

wear mittens to hide sweaty paws

use pine scent to smell delightful

follow the Perfect Plan


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Scaredy Squirrel makes a friend by Mélanie Watt, Tara Walker. Copyright © 2007 Mélanie Watt. Excerpted by permission of Kids Can Press.
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