Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday where I link up with Susanna Leonard Hill’s fantastic group of picture book writers, illustrators, librarians and others who contribute a picture book review and related resources for parents, teachers and children.
I usually pick books that I have recommended in Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking. If you click on the link, you will visit the wonderful blog of Kimberley Moran’s First in Maine. This former preschool teacher did a lovely review of my book yesterday.
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Young children are often beset with many different fears: fear of the dark and going to sleep, fear of monsters, fear of separation and getting lost, fear of new experiences and new places and fear of illness and death.
Do you have a young child who is afraid of something?
Is that fear keeping him or her from joining activities or socializing?
Sitting down and talking to your child is a good step to take to try to help your child overcome that fear. But sometimes it’s hard to start a conversation about difficult topics. That’s why picture books are so valuable because they set the stage for a relaxed discussion about almost anything.
For this situation,a wonderful choice would be Frizzy The Fearful by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. This little tiger is afraid of EVERYTHING, but with the help of his friends and mother, he learns that he can cope with those fears.
Frizzy the Fearful
Written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Illustrated by John Wollner
Publisher: Holiday House (1983)
Ages: 4 and up
Acknowledging and overcoming fears, helping others, self-esteem, friendship
Poor little Frizzy Tiger! He is afraid of almost everything…high places and low places, the dark, loud noises and pits in fruit. He avoids going places with his friends and misses out on many fun-filled activities because he doesn’t want anyone to know how frightened he is. When he climbs a tree to help a friend, even though he is terrified, Frizzy realizes that everyone has fears, and he begins to feel a little better about his own situation.
Why do I like this book:
Children love to hear about others who have experiences and feelings similar to their own. This is a wonderful book to share with any child, but especially one who has some fears…Frizzy Tiger has so many. Young kids will be able to relate to the little tiger and will cheer him on, hopefully acknowledging and perhaps overcoming their own fears as they do so. The illustrations keep pace with the text and will help a young listener identify with the many situations that frighten Frizzy. During the story or afterwards, the adult reader will have a great opportunity to listen with respect to what the child has to say. Perhaps sharing an experience from your own childhood will also help the child understand that everyone has fears.
A BADGE OF COURAGE
Here’s a quick and easy craft project that any young child would love to make. Perhaps your child has been to the dentist and was very brave in the chair…or maybe she finished her first week of nursery school and even though she was hesitant at first, she has made the adjustment and is enjoying her day there. Pin this badge on to affirm his willingness to overcome his fears and his acceptance of life’s challenges.
Education.com has instructions for a bravery badge: http://www.education.com/activity/article/bravery-badge/
You will need: Construction paper, aluminum foil, glue stick, ribbon, scissors, crayons or markers and one safety pin.
1. Cut out 3 circles of different sizes.
2. Glue the circles, one on top of the other.
3. Glue the ribbon on the back.
4. Write the child’s name on the smallest circle.
5. Cut out small stars from aluminum foil or draw stars or use gummed star
Cooking with kids is another great way to extend the learning experience that starts with reading the book.
Here’s a simple fruit salad that is a nutritious snack or lunch. We all know how important it is to encourage young children to eat healthy foods. We need to make every meal count…especially snacks!
CHILD-FRIENDLY PIT-LESS FRUIT SALAD
You will need: 1 banana, a small bunch of seedless grapes, 1 pear, 1 navel orange and a few leaes of lettuce to use as the base. You can substitute any fruits your child enjoys…just try to add one or two new ones that he can try.
1. Wash all the fruit and lettuce and put the lettuce leaves in the bowls.
2. Slice the apple and pear and arrange on the lettuce.
3. Peel the orange, separate into sections and arrange on the plate.
4. Peel the banana, slice and add to the arrangement.
5. Cut each grape in half and add to the salad.
6. Serves 2-3 as a main dish (add some grilled chicken strips or cheese cubes for protein). Serves 4-6 as a side salad or snack (add a couple of whole grain crackers).
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This sounds great, Vivian. I’m glad they were both scared but one overcame it. Kids always think you’re either not scared or scared. Being brave is so important.
That’s so true, Catherine…being brave doesn’t mean you are not scared…it just means you move ahead even though you are! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Love the brave medal! This book has an important message! 🙂
Thank you, Erik! Glad you like the medal…young children gain confidence with each new challenge they conquer. 🙂
That book sounds really good. I’ll have to check my library for it.
It is a lovely book, Milka…and helps kids see that everyone is afraid of something…or many things…and these fears can be conquered. 🙂
Unfortunately my library doesn’t have it. But we’ve read a few books about fears and it’s true they are very comforting.
Your activities are always so wonderful for your reviews. Love this choice about fear — an emotion experienced universally. Great message.
Thanks, Pat…for the kind words. Glad you like the activity and book…I think we can all relate to having fears that are hard to acknowledge and overcome. 🙂
Vivian- I love your review and the medal craft. What a great idea! I’m going to do that with my kids soon. My son in particular loves medals and awards. Whenever he writes a book of his own, he always draws a medal on the cover (like the Caldecott medal). It’s very cute. But I love the idea of working on a badge.
Oh Carrie…so happy you liked the activity…my kids also made their own medals and badges when they were young. 🙂 The king or queen crown activity that we did with “Gift Bear for the King” was another favorite…and the child who wore the crown got to pick the dessert the family would enjoy after dinner and the story we would read at bedtime. 🙂
As always, an excellent choice from you, Vivian, and I love the bravery medal craft! I was a very fearful child — a book like this would have helped me, I’m sure.
Thank you so much for sharing…I was a very timid child as well, Beth! Perhaps that is one of the reasons I have so much empathy for young kids…and others. 🙂 And why I am so passionate about empowering parents to build self-esteem in their children. 🙂
I love the sound of this book, Vivian! Its’ so true – we all have fears, and isn’t nice to know you’re not alone? There’s something so comforting about knowing others fear things too – whether the same things you fear or different things. I’m so glad to be able to add this to our list – thank you! 🙂
Hi Susanna! Yes, hearing that others experience fear is very comforting, I think. That’s why I love books like this one…glad you love it, too. 🙂
This book sounds wonderful! And, as always, I am so impressed with your activities. I am sort of craft-impaired so I always appreciate ideas that are easy to execute! Thanks so much for sharing, Vivian!
Hahaha…I love your expression “craft-impaired”…glad my posts are helpful, Amy. 🙂
What a wonderful book. I can relate as I was also very shy and nervous as a kid. There were not many encouraging stories around then. Love your craft idea. So cool!
Shy and nervous. Diane? I was so shy, I wouldn’t ask where the bathroom was if I was in a new place. 😦 I hope we can help the shy kids of today feel more confident and able to speak up and speak out. : Glad you liked the story and craft. 🙂