Just in time for summer, author Melanie Watt brings us Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach.
As we've come to expect, there is something new that Scaredy wants to try--namely enjoying the beach--but he's a bit scared. He wants to enjoy the sand and sun, but there are some things that he plans to avoid at all costs. In typical Scaredy fashion, something happens that "was not part of the plan," and we learn right along with him that the unfamiliar isn't such a bad commodity after all.
This would be a great book to read with your child before or during your summer vacation. The story is as clever, thoughtful and silly as ever, and I think that the art in this book is the best yet.
If you've missed out on the delight of the Scaredy Squirrel series, I suggest that you remedy that quickly. I introduced Scaredy Squirrel and his wide appeal over a year ago. The next month I followed up with, Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, which I like even more. The book explores the universal theme of the joys and fears involved with making a new friend. Whether you're three or forty-three, you can relate to it.
This post is linked to Semicolon's Saturday Review of Books.