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December 14, 2016

ONE TO TEN Squirrel's Bad Day

Squirrel is rushing along a tree limb when she trips, losing all her acorns into the rushing water of the river below. Angry and frustrated, she doesn't know what to do. Her good friend, Rabbit, lends both a sympathetic ear as well as a solution. Rather than get angry, Rabbit tells her, rate the problem on a scale of one-to-ten. By identifying and realizing the true importance of the issue, the issue may not seem so overwhelming. Adorable forest creatures help the sad squirrel put everything into perspective so he does not to get stuck in a rut over something that may not be a big deal after all

Published October 30th 2016
 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN 1539590666 (ISBN13: 9781539590668)

Squirrel's Bad Day
Carole P. Roman

illustrated by
Mateya Arkova

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has just been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, ERIK Award for 2013, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader's Views Children's Book of the Year 2013, Shelf Unbound Best Series, Back to School Resource Winner, IAN, National Indie Excellence Award, MoonBeam Award for If You Were Me and Lived in...Scotland. She is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series If You Were Me and Lived in...exploring customs and culture around the world. She co-authored Navigating Indieworld: A Beginner's Guide To Self-Publishing and Marketing Your Book, which earned a 5 Star ForeWord Review Clarion Review. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren. 

Sometimes we think things are worse than they really are.   Poor little fuzzy Squirrel was gathering acorns for winter when he didn't see the tree limb and tripped.   All his hard work fell to the ground.   His acorns fell and went rolling into the river leaving him with no acorns.  He feels like the world has fallen apart and is extremely upset, crying and just doesn't know what to do.  Squirrel's friend, Rabbit hopes he can he help with a solution.  Hopefully Rabbit's solution can help anyone when they think the world is coming to an end.   Things may seem terrible but Rabbit has something to say to his friend, Squirrel. Rabbit had learned that you can measure what happens on a scale from one to ten.   Anything that is absolutely awful and terrible is a ten. Something that is not so bad is a one.  Now Squirrel needs to decide where losing his acorns fit into the scale.    All of his friends tell what has happened to them.   One friend, Red Bird leaves during the winter with her family.   How does Squirrel feel about that?   How would he rate it?     He immediately rated it a ten until Rabbit reminded him that Red Bird would be back in the spring.  That made Squirrel look at it differently.  The author gives a valuable lesson for children and the not so young on how to look at the things that happen to us.   They may seem overwhelming.  The world will never be the same.  It can't be fixed and more.   But when you stop and really think about what has happened, you may see light at the end of the tunnel. It may not be so bad after all.  The author gives many examples of the forest animals and things that had happened to them.   They each gave ratings on how they felt at first and then how they felt after they stopped, took a deep breathe and thought about it again.   It may not make you feel OK about what has happened, but you may look at it and find a solution for it.    I enjoyed the poem that Ms. Roman had in the book that helps everyone realize that a problem doesn't have to be overwhelming.    Try the number scale and see if you don't look at it a little different.   Perhaps you'll find that solution to the problem.   The illustrations were very attractive water colors that put live to the animals in the story.
It might be good for all of us to make that One to Ten chart and when something happens, rate it, then think about it, and then rate it again. It may not be so bad after all.A great teaching tool for handling problems.  Somewhere in that problem is something good, you just have to think about it and look hard. 
Ms. Roman's books are always fun, entertaining and she always puts in a lesson to be learned.   I have loved all her books I've read and reviewed but this one is a little different and I found it especially good.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

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1 comment:

Carole P. Roman said...

Thanks for all your support to the indie community, Gayle! Your reviews help us get word of our books out there for the public.