One To Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day
Some days can really be stressful while others may seem that the most awful things happen and we often over react. Poor squirrel went about gathering acorns and he found himself tripping over a tree limb and watching all of his precious acorns fall and drift off into the water in the river leaving him none. Upset, sighing, crying and really at his wits end poor squirrel needs some help to realize whether this is the most awful and horrible thing to happen or if it is not so bad. Meet his friend Rabbit who immediately comes to the rescue with a solution that will hopefully not only help Squirrel but children, other animals, adults and even anyone who thinks the world is about to end when something out of the ordinary happens. So, let’s all join Rabbit and find out what he tells our friend the Squirrel.
Rabbit’s mom taught him a special trick and created a special chart to help him measure things that happen to him and rate them from 1-10. So, what does that mean? The worst or absolute worst is ten and the not so bad one. Where will he place losing his acorns? But, first he needs the help of some other friends. Forest friends came out and shared some important things that happened to each of them like Red Bird who is Squirrel’s best friend and goes away for the winter with her family. How do you think Squirrel rated this? Ten at first but when Rabbit reminded Squirrel it was just for a short while and Red Bird would return the number was different but you will have to find that out forever yourself. Then they had a ball game and they were having a great time. It started to rain and there was mud all over the place and each of the animals rated the event. One said 7, another 1 so maybe it was not so bad since they had fun anyway. Check out the pictures and find out why they decided to enjoy the rain and the muddy mess. Next poor Fox slipped on the ice when showing off his ability to skate. Where does that fall on the chart? Of course he would think ten because everyone made fun of him but guess what? He is the best skater in the group so maybe now it might not be so bad. When you reevaluate a situation and think about it more objectively and calmly sometimes what you think is awful is really not so bad. Poor Froggy shared how he failed math and that is definitely an 8 because his mother was really mad. But, the extra credit and gold star sort of made is not as awful for poor Froggy. Check out the number he gave it on page 25. What about poor Deer whose deer parents now have different homes how did he rate that? Squirrel the Rabbit reminded him of what happened to Hammy which was sad. Find out what is was and what he felt on page 29. What happens when someone’s grandparents move away? What would you rate that since who would bake the cookies and read him more books? Read page 31 to find out where that fell on the chart. Then learn what made Rabbit feel better and smile when he learned where his grandparents were going and what they good things that would mean for him and why. Did Squirrel stop feeling bad because he lost his acorns? Find out what he and his friends decide to do and if he still rated it as the absolute worst or maybe not so bad. Page 37 is great where the author shares a special poem that will help children of all ages, parents, young adults and even book reviewers learn that a problem does not have to feel so big and if you give it a number you too will somehow know what to do.
This is great for decision making, discussion groups, problem solving, peer mediation talks, understanding disappointment and check out the outstanding watercolor illustrations by Mateya Arkova which helps make the story and the animals come alive. They are so magnificent and so colorful. You can even tell the emotional changes in the animals just by looking at the picture. So, the next time you feel unhappy, disappointed, you trip and fall by accident, someone moves away for a short time or you just feel blue take out the 1-10 chart and decide just where what you feel belongs and then realize that you will figure it out and maybe what seems like a 10 is really a one . Once again author Carole P. Roman gets well just for Squirrel this time: FIVE GOLDEN ACORNS !
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine