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About the Book
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Number of Pages: 38
Publication Date: October 30, 2016
Summary: Squirrel is running along a tree limb when she trips, losing all her acorns into the rushing water of the river below. Angry and frustrated, she doesn't know what to do. Her good friend, Rabbit, lends both a sympathetic ear as well as a solution. Rather than get angry, Rabbit tells her, rate the problem on a scale of one-to-ten. By identifying and realizing the true importance of the issue, the issue may not seem so overwhelming. Adorable forest creatures help the sad squirrel put everything into perspective so he does not to get stuck in a rut over something that may not be a big deal after all.
About the Author
Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader's Views Children's Book of the Year 2013. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series, If You Were Me and Lived in... that explores customs and cultures around the world. She has co-authored a self help book, Navigating Indieworld A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.
Squirrel is having a grand day, proudly carrying a bundle of acorns, but when he trips and losses his load his smile turns to a frown. Luckily Rabbit comes by in the nick of time and encourages Squirrel to rate his bad day on a scale of one to ten. The other forest animals join in and they all come to realize often times you just have to look on the bright side to turn a bad day around.
One to Ten: Squirrel's Bad Day is such a charming tale of friendship. I love how a quick thinking Rabbit teaches Squirrel, and readers, a simple trick to determine how terrible an incident is with an easy rating system. The best part is once Squirrel and the other animals begin rating things that seemed really awful they are happy to learn that many times great opportunites arose in the face of difficulties. It is a timeless message for all.
The illustrations are adorable. The use of vibrant colors is brilliant and the illustrator's technique gives the art a watercolor look that I find amazing.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.