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Featured Children's Book: Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Mélanie Watt

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Featured Children's Book: Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Mélanie Watt

Kids Can Press, 2008

We know by now that Scaredy Squirrel only feels safe when he's at home in his nut tree, with his defenses, his emergency kit and his back–up plans at the ready. So even though the sun is shining and it's time for a vacation, Scaredy does not want to go to the beach — that vast, frightening place where a squirrel could get stranded. (Not to mention other hazards such as sea monsters, falling coconuts, seagulls, pirates and lobsters.)

Instead, Scaredy builds his own safe beach getaway under his nut tree, complete with germ-free inflatable pool, artificial beach scenery, a flashlight and a plastic flamingo.

Still, the lure of the genuine beach is strong — even a dedicated homebody such as Scaredy can’t resist it forever. Can his back–up plans save him from its perils? Will his No.65 sunscreen protect his delicate complexion?

From the catalogue. Visit the Kids Can Press website to read more about Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach and the Scaredy Squirrel series.