Who Wrote Scaredy Squirrel?
Who wrote the book Scaredy Squirrel? Melanie Watt is a Canadian children’s book author and illustrator, best known for her award-winning Scaredy Squirrel. It was translated into French as Frisson l’écureuil. A Canadian icon, Watt continues to write and illustrate books for children of all ages. Among her many achievements, she won the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award for her work.
Melanie Watt is a Canadian children’s author and illustrator, best known for her picture book Scaredy Squirrel. The book won the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award and was translated into French as Frisson l’écureuil. In addition to the English version, she also created several French versions of her books, including a children’s version of the popular “Tom and Jerry” series.
The philosophical themes in Scaredy Squirrel have universal relevance for all of us. The story revolves around the question of what is familiar and what is unfamiliar. We prefer our habits and daily routines, and only change them when we are forced to leave them behind. However, when a new situation or environment forces us to leave our comfort zone, we become scared of what we do. In this book, Scaredy Squirrel confronts his fears one by one.
Scaredy Squirrel is a nervous squirrel
The title of this book is a bit of a misnomer. In actuality, Scaredy Squirrel is a very nervous squirrel who is never outside his nut tree. In the story, he keeps a kit of emergency supplies in the tree, and if something bad happens to him, he has a plan to get out. The kit contains antibacterial soap, a tin of sardines, and a parachute. The squirrel will go out of the tree only if he sees someone or something that scares him.
The story revolves around the concept of fear, and the ways that we can use it to overcome it. The Scaredy Squirrel is a very nervous squirrel, and he is constantly worried about the worst possible outcome of his life. However, he is not frightened by actual danger; his fear comes from instinct, and it’s impossible not to laugh when he does.
He is a good-natured soul
As a child, Scaredy Squirrel is anxious about life, trying to control every possible outcome. However, as the series continues, he realizes that his adventurous spirit and body are equipped for adventure. This book is filled with lists, diagrams, schedules, and maps, and is complemented by simple, iconic illustrations. Themes in the book include the importance of learning new things, making mistakes, and finding new friends.
In the first book, “Scaredy Squirrel At Night,” published in February 2009, the nervous squirrel is a good-natured soul who fears sleep. His fears include dragons, fairies, ghosts, bats, and polka-dot monsters. But when a midnight horoscope tells him that his dreams will come true, Scaredy Squirrel decides to take drastic measures to avoid the fearful creatures.
He has philosophical themes
Although you might not think of a squirrel as a philosopher, the story of Scaredy Squirrel contains a number of philosophical themes. Among them are the phobias of the squirrel, the importance of preparation, and the value of new experiences. While a squirrel loves the familiarity of a tree, it would never leave its comfort zone to experience the unknown. But when faced with danger, a squirrel must step out of his comfort zone and face his fears.
One of the most recognizable scenes in the book involves a squirrel visiting a real beach. This beach has jellyfish, sea monsters, germs, and sea gulls. Although the movie does not depict a real beach, this sequence depicts the animal’s beach experience. Scaredy Squirrel plans his mission with military precision, leaving nothing to chance. However, this is the only time in the book that a squirrel uses a military-style planning technique.
Who is the author of Scaredy Squirrel?
What does Scaredy Squirrel do for a living?
He is a nut store clerk.
What does Scaredy Squirrel do in his free time?
He spends it planning for imagined disasters and practicing safety protocols.
Where does Scaredy Squirrel live?
In a tree.
Who is Scaredy Squirrel’s best friend?
His friend Dave who is also a nut store clerk.
What is Scaredy Squirrel’s arch-nemesis?
A blue jay named BirdBrain.
What is Scaredy Squirrel’s biggest fear?
Leaving his tree.
What does Scaredy Squirrel carry with him at all times in case of emergencies?
His trusty safety kit.
What does Scaredy Squirrel do when he sees a strange object?
He analyses it to determine if it is safe or not.
What does Scaredy Squirrel do when he is feeling brave?
He ventutes outside of his tree.
What does Scaredy Squirrel do when he is feeling scared?
He retreats back to the safety of his tree.
What does Scaredy Squirrel do when he is bored?
He reads one of his many safety manuals.
What does Scaredy Squirrel do when he is hungry?
He eats nuts of course!
What does Scaredy Squirrel do when he is thirsty?
He drinks from his water bottle.
What does Scaredy Squirrel do when he is tired?
He takes a nap.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.