Friday, 29 August 2014

What do Scaredy Squirrel and a parachute have in common? + a freebie :)

Hi all

I just love "Scaredy Squirrel" by Melanie Watt and I was reading "Parachute" by Danny Parker today, which is shortlisted in the Australian Children's Book Awards and I couldn't help making text-to-text connections between the two texts.
You can view a book trailer for "Parachute" here and there are free teacher notes here and here.

I have been a big fan of Scaredy Squirrel for some time and have all the titles (which I love). Did you know he has his own Facebook page?  It is so good :)

So what does a squirrel have in common with a parachute?  Both books have similar themes of fear, bravery, security and overcoming adversity.  There's a terrific free activity for "Parachute" here.
I have created a new 4H reading strategy resource for "Scaredy Squirrel" with bookmarks, posters and a question sort.  You can find out more about it here or by clicking on the image below: 

I have also created a freebie for you for comparing "Scaredy Squirrel" with "Parachute".  You can download it here or by clicking on the image below:

More ideas for "Scaredy Squirrel" can be found on my pinterest board here.

Thanks for following my blog.  I don't post too often due to other commitments.  I honestly can't keep up with blogs that post too frequently, so thanks for following.  I really only post when I make a connection that I want to share - usually around picture books, text sets and higher order thinking.

Please let me know by leaving a comment below if you have used either of these texts or if you know of other texts with a similar theme.  I love hearing your feedback and learning from you as well :)  

I will send a free copy of my new "Scaredy Squirrel" 4H reading strategy resource to a few random readers who are following my blog and leave a comment with their email addresses.

Have a terrific week!

Many thanks for the custom clip art from Iva at estsy  and the purchased clip art (parachute) from digi clip art.


  1. I also love the Scaredy Squirrel series and so do my scholars. My email is

  2. Thanks for leaving feedback Hilary. I hope you enjoy this new resource :) Kylie

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  4. This looks like a really cute resource. I love the Scaredy Squirrel books- they are so cute:)


    I forgot to put my email-

    1. Thanks so much Cindy - I hope you enjoy the resource I made for it :)

  5. please share:

    1. Hi there Vridhi, please check your email. I have sent the resource to you. I have other 4H reading strategy resources that you may be interested in as well:

      Kind regards