We know by now that Scaredy Squirrel only feels safe when he’s at home in his nut tree, with his defenses, his emergency kit and his back-up plans at the ready. So even though the sun is shining and it’s time for a vacation, Scaredy does not want to go to the beach — that vast, frightening place where a squirrel could get stranded. (Not to mention other hazards such as sea monsters, falling coconuts, seagulls, pirates and lobsters.) Instead, Scaredy builds his own safe beach getaway under his nut tree, complete with germ-free inflatable pool, artificial beach scenery, a flashlight and a plastic flamingo. Still, the lure of the genuine beach is strong — even a dedicated homebody such as Scaredy can’t resist it forever. Can his back?up plans save him from its perils? Will his No.65 sunscreen protect his delicate complexion?
Oh Scaredy Squirrel, what are you up to now?
Now, when I read this instalment of the fantastic Scaredy Squirrel series, by Canadian author Melanie Watt, I could help but agree with the tiny squirrel: I would much rather prefer to stay at home by myself, on my own private deck in the sunshine, than be amidst masses of people at the beach.
Of course, Alberta doesn’t really have beaches–at least, not like the ones you’d find in California or Hawaii. And our summer isn’t nearly as hot to sunbathe, anyway, but I digress.
It’s hard to go out there and have fun with people and, if you’re like me, you worry about it beforehand, but once you’re in the crowd and having fun, you realize it wasn’t so bad after all. The same thing goes for Scaredy Squirrel.
And, of course, aren’t we all looking for that perfect shell?
This is the third book in the Scaredy Squirrel collection and teaches a wonderful lesson on how to just get out and do it! I can’t wait to see what Scaredy Squirrel is up to next. Melanie Watt is a great talent and I hope she keeps releasing great stories like this one!
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