One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day

When you are having a bad every little thing can feel like a disaster of epic proportions. It can be difficult to see the problem for what it really is. Learning how to evaluate a situation is a life skill that was all need to learn. “One To Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day” teaches us all how to see a situation for what it really is.

“One To Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day” is the story of a group of forest friends who learn a valuable lesson about how put things into perspective. When Squirrel is running along a tree limb, she trips and falls losing all her acorns in the river below. Squirrel is upset and frustrated. Rabbit listens to Squirrel’s troubles and offers a solution. He tells her to rate the problem on a scale of one-to-ten. When Squirrel tries Rabbit’s suggestion she soon discovers that losing her acorns may not be all that bad after all.

“One To Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day” is a fun story with an important lesson for us all, not just kids. When something “terrible” happens to us, we need to take a moment and really evaluate the situation. The author, Ms Roman, offers us a way of rating how bad things are using a scale of one through ten, one being no problem at all and ten being the worst thing ever! When we are feeling overwhelmed we should take few moments to really think about how bad something truly is, we may discover that thing may not be all bad. In the grand scheme of things few things are ever truly a 10, there usually a positive to be found somewhere.

I had the opportunity to read this to my son’s kindergarten class. They understood right away how to use the rating system. As the animals in the story shared their troubles, the children in the class tried to guess where things would be on the scale. At first they would guess a high number, surely losing all your acorns is a terrible thing, worthy of a ten.  When the story was finished the loss of the acorns was rated between a one and two. After we finished the story, the kids decided to rate their own problems. They were pretty quick to discover the “upside” to things.

The illustrations are beautiful, full of bright colours and fun forest friends. The only thing I disliked was the choice of font. I found the all caps style of font slightly difficult to read, but this is just my personal preference and doesn’t affect the book in anyway.

“One To Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day” is a great story to help children learn how to put things into perspective. The One-to-Ten scale is a simple way for your child to feel more empowered when faced with a difficult situation.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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