Title: One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
“In the event that something happens, and you feel your world fly apart, recall this conversation; remember the one to ten chart,” Carole P. Roman writes at the end of her children’s book, One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day.
~ What ~
This square thirty-eight-page paperback targets preschool to early elementary school-aged children, especially those who tend to be worried or often unhappy with life’s circumstances. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Colorful, fanciful illustrations are included with black all-capitalized wording on almost all pages.
This charming yet instrumental tale involves Squirrel who believes her world has fallen apart when several of her cherished acorns drop into a river. Upset, mad, and crying, she is comforted by Rabbit who suggests playing the one-to-ten game by picking a number the tragedy represents. Using examples of Red Bird flying away during the winter, rain and wind ruining their ball game, ice-skating Fox falling, Froggy failing math, Deer’s parents separating, the death of Hammy, and Rabbit’s grandparents moving away, each issue is rated and explained why the number is chosen. In the end, Squirrel and her friends put their problems into perspective, realizing they may not be as bad as they seem.
~ Why ~
This is a clever way to show little children that although bad things happen, they may not be as devastating as initially considered. By teaching young ones to apply the one-to-ten chart to a problem, they can retrospectively evaluate the impact in a healthy, emotional manner.
~ Why Not ~
With the book containing many three- to four-syllable words, it would have to be read out loud to beginner readers. Those who are mainly happy and positive may not connect with the concept of evaluating a problem by categorizing its numbered value.
~ Who ~
Award-winning author, Roman has written complete series for children of books based on countries, civilizations, and the pirate genre. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren. Children’s illustrator Arkova resides in Bulgaria and enjoys traveling the world.
~ Wish ~
I wish more books promoted and encourage logical deduction in children, especially when it involves evaluating a problem or issue emotionally. More uplifting books like this one should be on the market today.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that suggests determining a number value to a crisis or problem, this one that focuses on a one-to-ten categorization may help young ones reevaluate and accept life’s issues, good or bad.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.
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