Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a good story about facing your fears.
Can I Tell You a Secret?
Written by Anna Kang
Illustrated by Christopher Weyant
40 pages – ages 4+
Published by HarperCollins on May 31, 2016
Theme/Topic- Facing your Fears
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Pssst!
Could you come here for a sec?”
Publisher’s Synopsis: “From the author-illustrator team of You Are (Not) Small, winner of the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, comes an adorable picture book featuring Monty.
He’s a little frog with a BIG secret that he’s ready to share. Monty learns how to face his fears with some help from his new friend—YOU!”
What I Thought- This is a really cute book. It’s by the same people as those that wrote You Are (Not) Small (Review HERE), and the art and writing style collaboration is perfect for the book. I was glad to see another book by them. The book has a good message on how to handle fears, without sounding preachy, as the reader is “helping” Monty out with his fears. It’s a nice story that kids will enjoy reading, and learn a little without realizing it. The illustrations are simple. The white space on the page draws the reader’s eye to the illustration, giving it nice emphasis.
The book also shows that it is a good idea to talk with someone about something you are afraid of and not keep it inside.
Activities and Resources-
Check out a sample of the book at the publisher’s website HERE.
Family Education has a good article on how to face fears objectively, found HERE.
StressFreeKids.com has an article about how to ease your child out of fear, found HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!