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Mae is a seven year old child, with the normal fears (anxieties) most
children have. My purpose is to first, let children know that it is
normal to have fears, and second, to let children know they have a
“voice” and they must use it to speak about their fears. Someone
will listen and help; whether it is a parent, aunt, uncle, sibling,
teacher, or as in Millie’s case, Squeaky, the tree frog who lives
in the tree outside her bedroom window.
In this book, Millie
has been being bullied at school, by a girl in her class. Secretly
she fears if she tells anyone, she will be thought of as stupid for
allowing it, or the bullying will get worse. Finally desperate,
Millie confides in Squeaky. To Millie’s relief, he listens and
does not judge her. Squeaky is a balance of comic and seriousness
that allows Millie to express her confused, sad and angry feelings
about being bullied. To prepare Millie for her next encounter with
the bully, Squeaky guides her through some very comical role playing.
You won’t believe what happens the next day, when Millie Mae is
This book shows the
importance of speaking up for yourself immediately to a bully to
avoid becoming a target. It also addresses the fact that many
bullies are acting out, and also have been bullied. It does not
depict the bully as a bad person, but a person with a problem.
Synopsis of book (plot): Millie Mae is a strong-willed little girl, yet has the same anxieties many children have growing up. This book addresses her anxiety about the first day back to school. Millie's driving force and constant companion is Squeaky, the tree frog who lives in the tree outside her bedroom window. The morning of her first day of school, Millie voices her anxiety, and acts grumpy and stubborn. Squeaky lovingly and comically guides her, just barely getting her out the door on time. Millie Mae and her friend Bella Boo dawdle and are late. The big school door is closed and all is quiet as the two girls stand outside, afraid to go in. Once the door opens, a whole day of magical excitement and learning begins. See how Squeaky listens to the voice of a child, understands and guides her to overcome her anxiety and enjoy school.