Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Scaredy Squirrel (copy)

Do you know Scaredy Squirrel? If you are a child of 3, 4 or 5, you should! Scaredy Squirrel is scared of a lot of things. Mostly, he is scared of the unknown like many preschool children. He is also scared of things he knows about, but has yet to come into contact with such as sharks, porcupines and bunnies.

The unknown can be frightening. Scaredy Squirrel decides to stay away from the unknown and always do the same things. He lives in a nut tree and decides he will never leave it. There are scary things below his tree like green Martians, killer bees, tarantulas, poison ivy, germs, and sharks. These must be avoided at all costs!

Let us concentrate on Scaredy Squirrel’s fear of germs. Before little readers can delve into one of his books there is a warning. “Scaredy Squirrel insists that everyone wash their hands with antibacterial soap before reading this book.” If he does come into contact with germs, he wears mittens on his hands as an added layer of protection.

There are some advantages and disadvantages involved with never leaving a nut tree. The ups include a great view, plenty of nuts, and a safe place. The downs include the same old view, the same old nuts, and the same old place.

To prepare for a day when he might have to evacuate the tree, Scaredy makes an emergency kit. This very important kit includes a hard hat, antibacterial soap, calamine lotion, parachute, bug spray, mask with rubber gloves, net, Band-Aid, and sardines. The sardines will be thrown at any impending sharks while Scaredy makes his getaway.

It was a normal, ordinary day when something really scary happened. Remember our friend the squirrel is afraid of killer bees, right? Well, one day there comes one lone killer bee into Scaredy’s nut tree. What does Scaredy do? He panics and throws the emergency kit out of the tree!

Not the plan! Not even the backup plan, but Scaredy recovers and makes a dive for the kit. “But something incredible happens…he starts to glide. Scaredy Squirrel is no ordinary squirrel. He’s a Flying Squirrel!”

Join Scaredy Squirrel on his nutty adventures through this wacky series by Canadian Mélanie Watt. I do caution, this story is not suitable for walruses.

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