"Me And My Fear"
Created by Francesca Sanna
* Age Range: 3-7
* Grade Level: PS-2
* Hardcover: 40 pages
* Publisher: Flyng Eye Books
* Language: English
Some wonderful, whimsical illustrations for you to enjoy
Unwrapping some Editoral Reviews
“Me and My Fear is a lovely reminder that we all have our fear with us, especially in new situations, which all of us have to face at some point. It serves as a wonderful visual representation of the anxiety an immigrant child might be experiencing and hopefully help them recognize that it doesn't have to rule the day. The illustrations are clean and bright and just right.”—Luan Stauss, Laurel Bookstore, Oakland, CA
"a raw, tender story..."–Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
About the book
This book is a companion to the award-winning picture book, "The Journey." A young immigrant girl finds herself in a brand new country after she and her family flee from their war-torn homeland. She is trying hard to adjust to her new environment but is overwhelmed with fear because she is unfamiliar with the language and culture that surrounds her.
Her friend Fear grows bigger and bigger as he tries to isolate and protect her from taking risks and fitting into her new surroundings. She wants so badly to go outside and discover her neighbourhood but Fear blocks the door and won't let her leave. When she has to go to school Fear doesn't want her to go. Fear, although he thinks he is keeping her safe, is really holding her back from moving forward into her new life. Fear keeps growing and growing bigger and stronger always takes charge and trying to stop her progress.
The emotional little girl gets more lonely every day and she worries it's because no one likes her. Is there any way that she can break free from Fear and begin making her own decisions as to what she wants or does not want to do. Can she transform her apprehensions into positive actions? Luckily she is able to rise up, shake off her worries and anxieties and take control. Finally her fragmented emotions are conquered and she stesp out all on her own.... a brave step that totally changes her life for good and forever.
The illustrations are such an integral part of the storytelling and are full of emotion and detail. They are whimsical in nature and I love the colour pallet. This book is written with heart and gives hope to those trapped by their fears. This book would be an excellent resource in a classroom and/or elementary school library. I highly recommend it.
Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!
About the author/illustrator
Francesca Sanna is an Italian illustrator and graphic designer based in Switzerland. After she finished her studies in Cagliari, the main city of her beloved Mediterranean island (Sardinia) she said goodbye to her family and her cat (Berta) and moved to Germany before and Switzerland after, in order to follow her dream and be able to work as illustrator. She graduated with honors in 2015 the Lucerne School of Art and Design, with a Master of Design with focus on Illustration.
Contact her at: https://francescasanna.com.
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