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One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day – Carole P. Roman, Mateya Arkova (Illustrations)

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Here’s a throwback to my Booktube Video all about the wonderful and fabulous world of Carole P Roman! description

Poor little Squirrel.

It’s a bad day.

A really bad day.

An unimaginably bad day.

Little Squirrel tripped and lost all of his acorns in the river. It’s the worst day in his life.

But then he bumps into his friend Rabbit, who decides to help.

I have an idea. My mom taught me a special trick to do when I’m upset.

Rabbit grabs their other friends to help Squirrel during this difficult time.

Let’s figure out how bad this really is.

When I picked this one out, I thought it was going to be a typical counting book.

BUT this one went so far above and beyond my expectations.

This book is actually focused on teaching Squirrel how to handle bad things using Rabbit’s scale (with “1” being not so bad and “10” being really bad).

At first, Squirrel ranks everything as “10” but then their other friends start sharing what they have gone through – like missing a friend or getting a bad grade.

Squirrel learns that while there are lots of bad things, but not every one of them is the worst.

I quite liked this concept.

When you’re a kid – everything is THE WORST because it’s the first time in your life that you are dealing with something bad.

So it’s easy to assume that anything the least bit bad deserves a 10.

This book subtly (and not so subtly) shows that bad things happen on a scale and there are good ways to deal with bad things.

I absolutely LOVED the illustrations as well – Mateya Arkova is amazing!

All in all, this was a fabulous book!

Interested in this one from Carole P Roman and Mateya Arkova? Buy it here:  Amazon

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