Children’s Book Character ‘Squishy Blueberry’ Teaches Emotional Intelligence

Children's Book Character 'Squishy Blueberry' Teaches Emotional Intelligence

Sometimes, people send us emails. They send us emails because they want us to write about A Thing or because they want us to know about A Thing or because they have feelings or because someone in their office added us to a database entitled “Why The Fuck Not?” And sometimes we oblige these people by discussing their product/movement/mission in ways they perhaps did not expect, but will surely enjoy. Thus do we introduce to you children’s book character “Squishy Blueberry.”

To: Sara Benincasa

From: [Redacted]

Subject: Children’s Book Character ‘Squishy Blueberry’ Teaches Emotional Intelligence

Hello Sara:

We wanted to reach out to you on behalf of Amanda I. Greene’s new children’s book “When You are Blue.” The book’s lead character, Squishy Blueberry, teaches “Emotional Intelligence” to children while nurturing the imagination through vibrant illustrations and clever rhymes. Greene saw how education is so focused on teaching ways to live a fulfilling life through learning about the outside world; and, without undermining this important aspect of learning, she wanted to create a series of books that also encourage young people to look inward.

There’s more to the above message, but you get the gist. The email raises many questions, including but not limited to the following: Why is the blueberry squishy? Is it overripe? Is it about to rot? If so, does this signify death for the emotionally intelligent blueberry? Is this actually a story about death? These are questions that may never be answered, unless you buy this book.

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  • natoslug

    If there is any realism in this book, the sequel will be titled “The Steller’s Jays Ate All My Fucking Blueberries And Now I Have To Eat Frozen Berries From Costco.”

    • Amanda I. Greene

      No realism in the book…all imaginary, talking animals and such. Squishy Blueberry isn’t edible.

      • natoslug

        I guess I should be happy that the Jays have moved on and I am now battling robins. Ha!- they do not realize that my “pink lemonade” blueberry does not turn blue when ripe. I feel so squishy.

        • Guest

          Hah! I never heard of pink lemonade blueberries before :o)

  • LarryHoudini

    I was thinking about writing a book called “The Squishy Agent: Teaching ‘Marketing Intelligence’ to Wayward Salespeople.” But maybe the person who needs it will just read this email.

    • Amanda I. Greene

      Squishy Blueberry is learning about strategy these days, and though he may be squishy, he realizes his strategy should not :o)

      • LarryHoudini

        Good luck, Squish!

  • Amanda I. Greene

    Thanks for the story, HappyNiceTime People. I like the picture! Funny you ask – actually, there is a death of a sort in the book, when Squishy Blueberry takes the leap of faith into his new life. No strategy for why he’s squishy except that the name is cute. The good thing though is kids won’t have to worry about accidentally eating Squishy Blueberry because no one eats the squishy ones!