Me And My Fear
If you have a child that’s always fearful of new experiences and people, this children’s book is incredibly powerful. Though it is a great book to speak to children about refugees and immigrants and the challenges they may face, it also teaches them about the power of fear. Great narrative by Sanna where she first explains about different situations any child will face in school and how it hinders her from making new friends, but she soon realises that everyone experiences fear.
When a young immigrant girl has to travel to a new country and start at a new school, she is accompanied by her Fear who tells her to be alone and afraid, growing bigger and bigger every day with questions like “how can you hope to make new friends if you don’t understand their language?” But this little girl is stronger than her Fear. A heart-warming and timely tale from the bestselling author and illustrator of The Journey, this book shows us the importance of sharing your Fear with others–after all, everyone carries a Fear with them, even if it’s small enough to fit into their pocket!
“With its warm palette and gentle scenes of the worried child being comforted, this book could function as a sequel to Sanna’s astounding debut picture book, The Journey, which recounted a family’s dangerous flight from their home in a war zone. Sanna provides an empathetic exploration of the adjustment to a new land that all migrants experience.”–New York Times Book Review
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