Author: Cornelia Maude Spelman
Illustrated by: Kathy Parkinson
Paperback: 32 page(s)
Age Range: 4 - 7
Ontario curriculum: Language - Reading...Social Studies - People and Environments
Children often feel afraid. This book, with its comforting words and illustrations, will help children address those fears and learn some new ways to cope with being afraid.
From The Critics:
This well-conceived volume, the writer deals sensitively with children's fears. In the page-long author's note, Spelman makes a strong case for adults' acknowledging childhood fears rather than denying or downplaying them. In the story, a little bear talks about what makes him scared, what fear feels like, how the fear sometimes keeps him safe, and how he can deal with unnecessary fears. The short, well-reasoned narrative, child-centered point of view, and practical suggestions make this a good choice for preschoolers. Parkinson's expressive line-and-watercolor illustrations of the little bear and his family will strongly appeal to young children.