Carole P. Roman’s One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day

I received this book courtesy of Mrs. Roman for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: Squirrel lost her acorns on her way home. Can her friend Rabbit help her put this problem into perspective?

Story Telling: We get another children’s book, this one focuses on putting problems into perspective.

Artwork: Our illustrations are bright and stylized. This time they play a key role to the story.

Dislikes: My problem with this book is more with the one to ten approach. It never fails to tell the child that his or her rating isn’t accurate. That if somebody doesn’t agree with your rating, then you have to change it. In my opinion, the only reason you should change such a rating is if you revisit the problem later with more information. If you wish to use the one to ten approach, why not use it as a lesson in empathy, compassion or sympathy? After all, isn’t it better to teach that what is a ten to someone else may not reach that level for you, but your friend, parent, sibling, or family member was crushed by it anyway and he or she could use your support?

Likes: Friendship did play a big role in this story.

Conclusion: This strikes me as a book, that if read should be discussed and used as a talking point. I hope you find it useful.


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