A society of ground squirrels lives near the forest; it is partially similar to the human one.
They also have underground towns, shops, kindergartens, schools, and libraries.
Young ground squirrels learn the necessary life experiences and ancient truths developed and found by their ancestors in leaf libraries.
These libraries contain many different dry leaves with written records of crucial knowledge and stories.
As young ground squirrels need time to understand these, they are allowed to take dry leaves with them for a while.
The only rule is to check these dry leaves out at the keeper before leaving the leaf library.
All the young ground squirrels followed this rule except Squirra, and eventually, her teacher noticed it.
After a short yet sincere dialogue, her educator identified that Squirra had social anxiety (Shepherd & Linn, 2014).
According to experts, social anxiety is when persons “worry about or fear situations that involve interacting” with others (Social anxiety in children, 2021, para. 1).
The teacher gave Squirra a stress ball that people had left and told her to squeeze it before talking to the leaf library’s keeper, and it is how Squirra gained not only knowledge but also bravery. (Burton, 2022).
Burton, N. (2022). The 10 best stress balls, according to experts. Healthline. Web.
Shepherd, T. L., & Linn, D. (2014). Behavior and classroom management in the multicultural classroom: Proactive, active, and reactive strategies. SAGE Publications.
Social anxiety in children. (2021). Raising Children Network. Web.