A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Identifies common fears people may have -- of spiders, snakes, and roller coasters.
Everyone is scared of things. You can admit your fears to a friend. Maybe they're scared, too! You can try something even if you feel fear, and maybe you'll end up liking it.
Positive Role Models
Both bears have fears they admit to and talk about. They decide to go on the roller coaster even though it scares them. They realize that there's comfort in being "scared together." In the end, by trying something they're afraid of, they realize they're no longer scared.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Am (Not) Scared by husband-and-wife team Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant brings back the fuzzy bear friends they introduced in You Are (Not) Small and That’s (Not) Mine. In this one, two bears who are considering going on a wild, scary roller coaster admit their fears to each other, go on the coaster despite their fears, and end up having a good time. The book can open up conversation about fears and how to face them. Because the text is simple dialogue, and the art is fun and cartoony, the book is works well for the very young.
Is It Any Good?
This fun and funny young book has fuzzy, endearing bears who may be afraid of snakes and wild roller coasters but in the end aren't afraid of admitting and facing their fears. Because I Am (Not) Scared has warm, relatable characters, the message -- that it's OK to be afraid and good to face fears -- goes down easily. There's humor in both text and art. The coaster is called "Loop of Doom," and the two friends scare themselves and each other by listing all the things they're afraid of. A tub of hairy spiders! A pan of fried ants! Their expressions are exaggerated and funny, defusing readers' fears.
Might there sometimes be occasions when it's prudent for kids to respect their fear and listen to it? This book doesn't address that, but that could be part of the family discussions this book can help to spark.
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