I talked about Storm in the Night in a previous post. Though Bear didn’t like that book, especially not a first, it did help with her fear of thunder somewhat. Reading about a little boy who was so busy worrying about his dog out in the storm that he forgot to be scared resonated with Bear. Every night she asks us if there will be a storm. We hand her Cake (her stuffed reindeer) and remind her she needs to protect him because he’s scared of storms worse than she is. It seems to help. And actually, she hasn’t seemed to need that reassurance in the past few days.
Little Quack’s Bedtime has become Bear’s favorite book. We need to return it tomorrow and she is having a hard time with this. It wasn’t my favorite. It’s cute and I didn’t mind reading it over and over, but I didn’t see why Bear loved it so much. But reading it one last time tonight, I think I know why she keeps asking for it. You see, in the book, there are five little ducklings about to go to bed and they keep seeing things in the night that are frightening to them until their Mama explains what the things really are. I think Bear identifies with these ducklings and their fears. Bear’s favorite part is when Little Quack says, “Why oh why is the night so dark?” and can often be heard quoting that throughout the day.
What books have you read to your child that has helped him or her deal with a fear?
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