When a young girl arrives in a new country she is desperate to fit in but she is weighed down by her friend called Fear. Back home her Fear used to be small and comforting but now it is becoming overwhelming with too many worries…how can you fit in when you’re not from here? How can you understand when you don’t know the language? How will you make friends? The girl is feeling more and more isolated from the world as Fear stops her from making friends and enjoying school.
Then one day in the playground she plays with a boy who has a fear too and perhaps he can show her how to make her fear just a little bit smaller…
This is a heartfelt story with important messages on fears and anxiety and overcoming them. It helps to normalise fears and shows young readers that we all have fears, some people have big fears and some people have small fears.
The illustrations are impressive and I really like how Fear is portrayed as an actual character as this really aids children’s understanding. The girl is always accompanied by her fear and as her fears heighten and lessen the size of the fear alters accordingly. The image of all the children in the classroom with their own ‘Fears’ is very apt.
A perfect book for sensitively introducing mental health and emotional well-being to young readers.
Recommended for 4+.