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Thursday, June 8, 2017

One to Ten: Squirrel's Bad Day

One to Ten: Squirrel's Bad Day by Carole P. Roman is about Squirrel, who, in a rush, loses all of his acorns down a stream. His friend Rabbit teaches him to rate his problems so he can put it into perspective, and that rating scale goes from (you guessed it!) one to ten. It helps Squirrel properly rate how bothered he should be by the problem so that he can find a solution much easier. He does, and he learns a valuable lesson in perspective.

This is a positively adorable book that starts out with few words and ends with a lot. Squirrel and Rabbit go through a range of problems as examples for how to rate problems, and it's not only adorable but also useful in teaching a very abstract skill that young kids don't have. In education circles, we understand that little kids = little problems, and that's only sort of true. To a young child, every problem is a big problem whether it's hunger or it's dropping a toy on the ground. It's nice to have a book like this to relate back to when speaking about whether or not problems are big or small. 

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