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Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach Hardcover – March 1, 2008

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Kindergarten-Grade 3—Scaredy Squirrel is frightened by everything associated with the beach—seagulls, sea monsters, jellyfish, etc. He decides to vacation alone, at home, and creates a beach environment with a bag of kitty litter, a plastic flamingo, a flashlight for sunlight, etc. Something is missing, though—the sound of the ocean. The squirrel then devises an elaborate plan to retrieve a seashell (unoccupied) from the real beach by mailing himself to the shore. He has such a good day there—amid the crowd of people—that he forgets his fears and decides to populate his personal beach with a crowd of garden gnomes. Children with fears of the unknown will relate to this tale. The simple story line explains Scaredy Squirrel's worries, plans, and activities in a humorous way. Digitally rendered illustrations in pastel, Floridian colors add amusing details. This is an excellent book to share one-on-one.—Erlene Bishop Killeen, Stroughton Area School District, WI
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That worrywart Scaredy Squirrel (2006) returns in another hilarious tale, this time contemplating a beach vacation. Concerned about falling coconuts, seagulls, and lobsters, however, he decides to build his own beach. After a burst of squirrel creativity, he is soon lounging on a bed of kitty litter, soaking in sun from a flashlight, and contemplating the water in his inflatable pool. Unfortunately, there’s something amiss, which puts Scaredy on course to a real beach to acquire a seashell. As might be expected, his preparations for the visit involve much more than just packing a suit. In fact, the only thing that slips beneath his radar are people—who eventually win him over and also inspire a funny addition to his own sunbather’s haven. In appealing, flat colors, Watt’s cartoon-style pictures (full spread and graphic-novel-style panels) add joke after joke. With simple shapes bordered in distinctive ribbons of black and white, they deliver a surprise on every page as the obsessive squirrel, with toothy grin and boundless imagination, scampers around, trying to anticipate everything  that can go wrong. Grades 1-3. --Stephanie Zvirin
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Series: Scaredy Squirrel
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press; 1st Printing edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554532256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554532254
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach is a pretty fun tale about a squirrel who doesn't like crowds so builds his own beach but then decides to visit an actual one. I haven't read any other books in this series and have no problem following or enjoying this book. The Kindle book is laid out as long images (so you have to read this in landscape) with lots of small text on top, some are maps, some contain a lot of comic book style cells, some are just busy pictures with a lot of people and objects in them. I have good eyesight and didn't have any problems reading the text (I read it on the Kindle Fire), but if you're eyesight isn't the best or I guess if a child was reading this who was still learning to read, you probably want to download this onto your PC where you've got a bigger screen than the 7" size screen on your Kindle Fire or whatever device with a smaller screen you usually use. But the book was a lot of fun and I'll definitely check out other books in this series.
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My first grader is a little obsessed with Scaredy Squirrel right now, and I love it. She wants to read the books to me, and we have a lot of fun talking about them. There is a very set, predictable pattern to these books, which helps in her emerging reading skills. Very cute, funny, and positive. Always a good lesson and fun illustrations. A family favorite!
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I love Scaredy Squirrel! I have read several of the other books in this series at our storytime here at the library and I have to say that both kids and parents laugh at how scared Scaredy is of the outside world. They love that he comes to learn that the world is ok and he does not really have to be scared but he can be prepared!
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Once again Scaredy Squirrel works out a safe way to spend the day - almost. Unfortunately, he must go to an actual beach after all. He designs a plan to get to the beach and back safely, but once he gets there his plan goes all wrong! And it all works out wonderfully in the end. This is a fun book that is well designed for the Kindle.
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This will be fun to share with my granddaughter. I plan on showing it to my middle school students as well. I am not sure how I will tie it into the curriculum but I am sure I will come up with an idea. We have read several of the Scaredy Squirrel books as a family and I am sure everyone will enjoy this one too.
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A great little book about a squirrel with OCD. Scaredy Squirrel goes to great lengths to ensure his safety, but in the end he learns that it can be fun to experience new adventures. This book is a lot of fun and perfect for the summer! Kids will love the pictures and can find new surprises in them each time they read.
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I enjoyed this as much, if not more than my kids did. I love that it's cute and funny. The story is busy, but that's what makes it so special. I notice something new or my kids discover something new each time we read it. Highly recommend!
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Scaredy Squirrel is off on an another adventure! Summer has arrived, but Scaredy knows the beach is rife with dangerous packs of pirates, mobs of lobsters, and flocks of seagulls. For safety's sake, he opts to build a faux beach right at the base of his own nut tree. His imaginative techniques and improvisational materials result in a satisfactorily realistic beach. The only missing ingredient - a soothing ocean sound.

Scaredy has no choice but to acquire a seashell from the real beach, a dangerous mission. For a phobic squirrel, a beach foray demands a time table, risk identification map, avoidance techniques, and protective body gear. Scaredy quickly discovers there is one variable he neglected to allow for and he is forced to adapt!

These pages are packed with clever little gems just waiting to be discovered. Scaredy's overly-detailed plans and goofy protective gear will have your kids giggling. This Squirrel is so endearing, you can't help but be won over by his quirky nature. He's got issues, but he's also got plenty of hustle and imagination. You gotta love that big toothy grin of his!
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