Being Brave

Little Simon. Jun. 2023. 32p. Board $7.99. ISBN 9781665933391.
PreS-K–Jin turns typical advice on its head, by offering nuts and bolts suggestions for children for anything that may be frightening for them. “When you’re feeling anxious or worried, being brave starts with taking one deep breath./ When you’re feeling left out or alone, being brave starts with saying ‘Hello’ first.” These small doses of courage can snowball into something larger or may fall flat, but they are all excellent starting points. A navy blue skunk and rusty-colored fox are some of the brightly colored characters enacting these scenes, as if playing roles to show children the steps to being brave.
VERDICT Start here, preschoolers; this is the book to hand children who need a bit of a nudge when it comes to socializing.

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