Remember our friend, Scaredy Squirrel? Well, he’s back! This time with an adventure to the beach – a place where he NEVER goes! There’s just too much to worry about: seagulls, jellyfish, sea monsters, and pirates. Scaredy Squirrel is quite industrious as you might remember, and he builds his own safe beach. However, he realizes that the sound of the ocean is missing. A careful plan is devised so that he can make a stealth visit to the beach to get what he needs. But, yes, you guessed it! He comes across an obstacle – people!
I enjoyed once again how the author, Melanie Watt, uses non-fiction features to capture the reader’s attention. What a great way to teach children how to incorporate subheadings, maps, and timetables into their own stories to add that special twist! The ending is also a surprise with a turn of events that is not anticipated. You think the story is going one way, then it takes an unexpected turn! A great book to also teach strong story beginnings and endings. This book is appropriate for keiki in grades Kindergarten to grade 3.
The author also includes an explanation about her own personal feelings of the beach on the back flap of the book. You’ll find out a lot about her…she is really afraid of jellyfish!