Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween: A Safety Guide for Scaredies, by Mélanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrell Prepares for Halloween:
A Safety Guide for Scaredies
Author: Mélanie Watt
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: August 1, 2013
Source: Net Galley
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Everyone's favourite perennially frightened rodent, Scaredy Squirrel, is back in a new holiday guide. This time Scaredy takes on the one day that's specifically designed to be scary: Halloween. But not to worry, Scaredy Squirrel is prepared! This guide will show you how to survive the frights, blights, and--worst of all--germs of the spookiest night of the year.

My daughter Magda and I both adore Scaredy Squirrel. Like many three-year-olds, she is a bit prone to fears (rational or otherwise) and recoils at the thought of spiders, monsters and those strings on bananas. But Scaredy Squirrel's fretting makes her feel positively brave. As she reassured Scaredy that he needn't be afraid of cobwebs, bats or butterflies (!), she realized that she didn't need to either.

Incidentally, this is nearly identical to one of the strategies for overcoming childhood anxiety recommended by Dr. Lawrence Cohen in The Opposite of Worry. Namely, to comically exaggerate your own fears in a way that a nervous child will find funny but not insulting ("Oh you're WALKING?! Do you know how dangerous walking is? I'm so worried!!). That way the child will get in on the game and reassure their "nervous parent" by showing off how adventurous and brave they are ("You're RUNNING now? Oh my heavens!").

So see? Mélanie Watt was doing that all along! You can visit her website to learn more about Scaredy Squirrel and see inside the book!

Magda's Take:

"I like the rock star costume. I'm going to be a rock star for Halloween!"


Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping
Candy Experiments
The Opposite of Worry

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