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La Ardilla Miedosa

Mélanie Watt

Spanish Picture Book


Age: 4-8



We all have fears, but what matters most is how we decide to face or overcome them. Books like “La Ardilla Miedosa” – “The Scaredy Squirrel” – can help create a space for discussion around fears and concerns – and even to laugh about them together.

My oldest is generally very fearful. (The better word may be “cautious.”) He tends to think a lot about life’s “what-ifs.” And for both of my kids, big transitions are the hardest, like going to a new school or a new camp. Using tools like “La Ardilla Miedosa” helps us talk about these worries and build resilience for future experiences – and it’s a truly fun read!

The other books in the series are also wonderful: "La Ardilla Miedosa Encuentra un Amigo" addresses fears around making new friends. La Ardilla has convinced himself that it’s better to be alone, but when he unexpectedly makes a new friend, he realizes the true enjoyment of having company.

And for those kiddos who fear the night and don’t want to go to bed, "La Ardilla Miedosa por la Noche" is the perfect book! It’s a great illustration of what happens to your body when you don’t rest because you’re too scared to fall asleep. The result is a very tired Ardilla who discovers how wonderful it feels to be well-rested.

Have you read these books? What did you think? Make sure to comment below.

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