When I heard Jeff Anderson read Scaredy Squirrel, I instantly added the title to my must-have list. The voice Melanie Watt uses with her delightful, yet nervous, character grabs your attention. You are hooked.
This summer, I came across another book in the series, Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party. You will quickly learn Scaredy Squirrel is particular. He’s very contemplative and plans ahead for possible disasters. He does not want any surprises.
When Scaredy Squirrel plans his birthday party, he is very detailed. The party schedule makes me chuckle. You can definitely sense his anxiety. The party schedule page could be combined with a math activity. Student could have clocks and calculate the digital time to analog time. It also show a comparison usage of the colon – in time and also in a list.
A surprise gift warms Scaredy’s heart. Even young children will get a sense of how the character changes by an act of kindness (what a lead in to a discussion on community). What a twist to Scaredy Squirrel’s well planned party.
View the YouTube trailer to predict possibly disasters:
Savorings for reading and in writing for Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party:
- Voice – talks to the reader
- Speech Bubbles
- Character Thinking – you can sense Scaredy’s personality
- Character Change – notice the last page
- Reading Charts – use the book to introduce nonfiction text that have inserted charts
Warsaw Community Public Library new (2011)