‘Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend’ – Tuesday’s Look at THIS Book!

* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room.

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Today’s great book: Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Melanie Watt (2007, Kids Can Press)

Great Website: http://www.scaredysquirrel.com/aboutmw.html

Time to Read: short and very funny; we read it right after dinner

Summary:  from the website…”That lovable little worrywart is back. And he’s as scaredy as ever! In his latest adventure, Scaredy Squirrel sets out to make The Perfect Friend. And once he’s spotted a perfectly safe candidate (with no teeth), Scaredy’s ready. Armed with a name tag, mittens, a mirror and a lemon, he’s prepared to make The Perfect First Impression. But just when every detail is under control, Scaredy’s Action Plan takes a surprising — and “toothy” — turn. Will he survive this ordeal? Will he find his kindred spirit? Will he discover the true meaning of friendship? Read Scaredy’s nutty story to find out…

Best Quote from the Book:  “If all else fails, play dead…”

Our View:  Among the great 1st grade teachers of the century is Kathleen Brannen.  She has been our friend since Claire was in her class nearly a decade ago and she has shared so many good books and ideas with us – and the Scaredy Squirrel series of short books are among our newest favorite!   This is the story of one scared squirrel who has learned to handle his fear by simply having a plan.  The plans are hilarious and they are drawn in map form in detail on the pages of this wonderful story.  Watt is not only a fine storyteller but a master illustrator for young children and their dads, and this book is a treat in every way.  If your children have any fears, we happily recommend this book because it helps the reader understand courage and making a plan.  When the plans don’t always work out as expected, Scaredy Squirrel does a super job of rolling with the punches (in this case, energetic dogs in parks).  I only wish I had heard about this series sooner.

Favorite Illustration from the Book:

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‘I Took the Moon for a Walk & Ladybug Girl’ – Tuesday’s Look at these Books!

* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room.

LadyBug Girl Moon Walk

A special thank you to our friend and teacher Beth Lawton for sharing these super books with us!

Today’s great book: I Took the Moon For a Walk by Carolyn Curtis with illustrations by Allison Jay(2004, Barefoot Books)

Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis (2008, Dial Books for Young Readers)

Author Interview/Publisher Website: http://blog.barefootbooks.com/2012/02/100-greatest-books-for-kids/

www.LadyBugGirl.com

Time to Read: short and sweet; especially bedtime or anytime

Summary:  from the back cover – “Join a small boy on a lyrical, nighttime journey as he and his friend, the Moon, discover the mysterious beauty of the world after dark.”

“Ladybug Girl knows how to make her own fun, right in her own backyard!”

Best Quote from the Book:  I Took the Moon for a Walk – “Then as we turned back, the Moon kept me in sight.  It followed me home and stayed there all night…”

Ladybug Girl – “Feeling as big as the whole outdoors, Lulu stretches out her arms and flies down the hill with her wings bobbing behind her.”

Our View:  Here are two picture books for young children that we highly recommend.  From their illustrations to the innovative storylines, each book offers a beautiful view of the world and a place that children will immediately recognize.  The style of rhyme and rhythm are easy to read and allow for a peaceful end to the day.  Your children will love them!