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A First Look At: Being Brave: Why Do I Feel Scared?

Pat Thomas

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A First Look At, For National Curriculum Key Stage 1, For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Interest age: from c 3 years, Prose: non-fiction, Picture books, Early learning: first experiences

Explores important issues in a clear and matter-of-fact way to appeal to young children.

This delightful picture book explores what it means to be brave. Young children can discover that there are many ways of being brave, from standing up for yourself or others, to trying new things. Courage is an important and powerful, but often difficult to define, value. It is important to recognise your child's moments of personal courage and praise them. It's all too easy, from an adult perspective, to forget how much courage it sometimes takes for kids to do little things.Encouragement and praise form you when your child makes it to the top of the climbing frame, or makes a new friend are very important in helping a child feel safe enough to continue exploring new territory. This book will help you explore these issues.

Discussion boxes offer opportunities to discuss the issues directly with their child audience. Charmingly clear illustrations give readers immediate access to complex situations and feelings and provide further stimulus for discussion. Notes for teachers and parents, plus suggested further resources, help readers to make the most of the learning opportunities inherent in the book.

The author, Pat Thomas, is a trained psychotherapist, trainee Naturopath, journalist and mother. After working as a journalist and broadcaster in the USA, she now works in the field of women,s health and child development and writes for publications such as The Guardian Company Magazine and Practical Parenting as well as contributing editor to Natural Parent Magazine. Her book ,MY Bees: My Family,s Changing, was the winner of The English 4-11 Awards.

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