I have no idea who Brendan Francis is, but I do like what he’s said about fear being tissue-paper-thin.
Something we don’t understand can grow, balloon, and suffocate us until we decide to take the first step of confronting it. That’s when we realize the thick, cement block of a tumbling wall is really merely as flimsy as tissue-paper.
Stepping out: that’s how children handle their fears, too.
This week, I’ve found two books for the slightly-older readers – our 6-9-year-olds, who probably have more fears in both realistic and fantastic realms than other age groups.
From dragons to snakes.
From an unlit corridor to a black, swallowing hole.
Have a good read!
Ruler of the Courtyard Rukhsana Khan & R. Gregory Christie
Saba has always been terrified of the squawking, pecking chickens in her courtyard. Now she finds another enemy: a snake in the bath house! What in the world should she do now? (Age 6 & up)
[Available for loan at NLB, under JP section: English KHA]
The Boy and the Cloth of Dreams Jenny Koralek & James Mayhew
A boy must overcome his fears of the dark to mend his cloth of dreams – a quilt his grandmother had made for him to keep night beasts away. (Age 8 & up)
[Available for loan at NLB, under JP section: English KOR]