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I Used to Be Afraid by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
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I Used to Be Afraid

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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'I Used to Be Afraid' explores the many times a person can feel afraid throughout life and shows that fears aren't forever. Although I feel like the main character isn't necessarily dealing with an anxiety disorder, it is a good way to slowly introduce the idea to children. The important thing is to start a conversation with a child about the difference between rational and irrational levels of fear and to help a child learn good coping skills at an early age so the fear doesn't become paralyzing. Any fear can turn into an emotional/mental disability if you don't take care of it. This book shows it is possible to overcome. ( )
  Jacki_H | Nov 13, 2016 |
This book is about overcoming your fears. The little girl in this book used to be afraid of a lot of things but she has overcome them. Laura Seeger is a wonderful author. She really knows how to say so many things with such few words and I love that about her writing. ( )
  knbenson6584 | Oct 15, 2016 |
This little girl learns that she doesn't have to be afraid of everything. A little more simplistic than I tend to like, but overall a good book for read aloud time. ( )
  cabaty | Nov 1, 2015 |
I USED TO BE AFRAID by Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a powerful picture book exploring common fears of children.

The short book tells the story of a young girl who overcomes her fears. The brightly colored, two-page spreads introduce a fear such as spiders or being alone followed by a statement about overcoming the fear. The die cut illustrations will appeal to young readers.

Librarians will find this to be a popular book in the primary grades. Suggest the books to teachers as a read-aloud to stimulate writing and drawing activities related to emotions and feelings. Pair this book with others about common fears. Also, consider a display featuring books by Laura Vaccaro and a makerspace illustration station.

Published by Roaring Brook Press an imprint of MacMillan. ARC from publisher, ( )
  eduscapes | Oct 24, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159643631X, Hardcover)

There are a lot of things to be afraid of in this world: spiders, the dark, being alone. In this simple, beautifully-crafted picture book, acclaimed author/illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger shows that what seems scary at first, can become magical. It all depends on perspective. Using die-cuts, learn that a scary spider can actually produce an intricate and gorgeous web and that sometimes the dark can transform into a magical night sky. You'll be surprised, awed, and inspired by this clever book.

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