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Who Feels Scared?

Who Feels Scared?

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by Sue Graves, Desideria Guicciardini (Illustrator)

Everybody feels afraid sometimes—like Jack and his friends Ravi and Kevin when they have a sleepover. This reassuring book shows children that they can cope with their fears and be brave. 

Our Emotions and Behavior series
The Our Emotions and Behavior series uses cheerful brightly illustrated stories to help kids understand how


Everybody feels afraid sometimes—like Jack and his friends Ravi and Kevin when they have a sleepover. This reassuring book shows children that they can cope with their fears and be brave. 

Our Emotions and Behavior series
The Our Emotions and Behavior series uses cheerful brightly illustrated stories to help kids understand how their emotions and actions are related—and how they can learn to manage both. At the end of each book, a two-page series of pictures invites kids to tell a story in their own words. A special section for adults suggests discussion questions and ideas for guiding children to talk about their feelings.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Graves and Guicciardini address fear in this offering, part of the new Our Emotions and Behavior series. When Kevin, Ravi, and Jack have a sleepover, they hear noises in the closet and imagine that it’s a monster, but Jack’s sister, Ellie, shows them that it’s just a toy robot. Ellie is afraid of flying, but listening to music on a plane relieves her fear; other fears and potential solutions are presented as well. Though the topic is covered in a general way, Guicciardini’s engaging cartoons and the message about finding workarounds should prove practical. Available simultaneously: I’m Not Happy, Not Fair, Won’t Share, and But Why Can’t I? Ages 4�8. (Aug.)
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“Engaging cartoons and the message about finding workarounds should prove practical.”—Publishers Weekly

"These are excellent titles for children who need help expressing their feelings and they will be a bonus in any guidance counselor’s arsenal." — School Library Journal

“Exuberant color illustrations bring to life simple stories about ordinary children interacting with their friends at school or at play. . . .The Our Emotions and Behavior series is enthusiastically recommended for parents as well as school and library children’s collections.”—Midwest Book Review

Who Feels Scared?

BOOKLIST, 10/1/2011

Everyone is scared of something, and what scares one person might be enjoyed by another. That’s the message delivered by this gentle yet spirited entry in the Our Emotions and Behavior series. Buddies Kevin and Ravi are spending the night at their friend Jack’s house, and, as with all sleepovers, startling things seem to wait behind each corner. But that lion’s roar is really just the dog barking, and that thump in the closet just a toy. In a nice twist, Jack’s sister drops by to illustrate that older people get scared, too—she was afraid of flying until she tried listening to music on the plane. Guicciardini’s cartoon illustrations give the lesson learning a zany edge, especially when the kids are imagining nonexistent monsters. Graves ends her book with a wordless two-page story of Tom’s first night away from home, inviting parents and teachers to have kids tell Tom’s story based on what they learned from Kevin and Ravi. Not a bad book to have on hand for anxious little ones stretching their wings.

“Titles in the series capture the big emotions that all kids feel. The stories are perfect for young readers.”—Imagination Soup

“The books would be helpful for teaching children [the concepts of rules, sharing, fears, and sadness] as well as beginning a dialogue with children about them. Teachers and school counselors will want to consider adding these to their library as they will undoubtedly be a good resource in classrooms.”—Chris Singer, BookDads.com

“The Our Emotions and Behavior series offer[s] young children and their caregivers help with hard-to-manage feelings and inappropriate actions . . . The simple texts are direct, and the endings are consistently upbeat . . . These purposeful books will be useful in many libraries.”—Booklist

Children's Literature - Paula K. Zeller
A sleepover goes from scary to reassuring in this picture book about coping with some common fears. Kevin and Ravi arrive at Jack's house ready for fun, only to be frightened by what sounds like a lion or tiger. Jack is not scared because he knows it is his dog, Gus, growling at a cat. Next, it is Jack's turn to be scared, this time by the banging and clanking of a toy robot, which older sister Ellie discovers inside his closet. Ellie shares a fear of her own: flying. The boys think flying is fun, and Ellie finds that flying is not "scary at all" if she plays music enroute. Ellie shares that Gus is afraid of fireworks, and she describes how the siblings allay those fears. Jack's father reads all four children a scary story, which frightens them until they realize it is only make-believe. The take-home message is that kids, adults, and even pets are afraid sometimes. This book is part of the series "Our Emotions and Behavior." A four-panel, wordless story—on the topic of a child sleeping over at Grandma's for the first time—is provided to help children verbalize about fears. The back matter also includes a two-page guide for adults, with tips and discussion questions for before and after reading; however, the guide fails to provide a range of solid strategies to help children cope. Also, some readers might view the story as minimizing children's fears by implying they are easily overcome. Nevertheless, the bright, humorous illustrations and snappy text make this acceptable as part of a discussion about fears, as long as it is supplemented with supporting materials that include kid-friendly strategies for handling fears. Reviewer: Paula K. Zeller
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—These books facilitate discussions between adults and children about behaviors in everyday situations like playing at school (Not Fair), listening to a babysitter (Why Can't I?), spending the night away from home (Scared?), and looking for a lost dog (Not Happy). Short sentences and simple plotlines create excellent lead-ins to talking about making good decisions when faced with new and difficult emotions. "Jenny said there were rules for crossing roads. They had to stop, look, and listen." The color cartoon illustrations help make the concepts easy to grasp. In addition to the main story, a wordless, four-frame graphic at the end reemphasizes the emotion being explored. Discussion questions are included in the back matter. These are excellent titles for children who need help expressing their feelings and they will be a bonus in any guidance counselor's arsenal.—Rachel Artley, Watertown Elementary School, TN

Product Details

Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
Our Emotions and Behavior
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Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Sue Graves is a former teacher and a published author. She writes fiction and nonfiction for children from preschool to high school. Sue is married and has four children and two grandchildren. She loves playing golf, painting watercolors, and walking in the countryside around her home in England.

Desideria Guicciardini was born in Florence, Italy. She illustrated her first children's book in 1977 and likes illustrating stories set in the past or in fantastic make-believe worlds. She lives in Milan, Italy, with her husband and two sons.

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Who Feels Scared? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Mymcbooks More than 1 year ago
Who Feels Scared? Jack's friends Ravi and Kevin were very excited to be having a sleepover at his house. But while playing in his room they heard a noise and his friends were scared they hid thinking I was a lion or tiger. But Jack wasn't afraid because he knew it was Gus, the dog. Then they heard a noise from Jack's closet and they thought it was a monster and they were really scared. They talked about things that made they scared like scary story, fireworks and noisy from big air planes. This book helps reassure children that they can cope with their fears and be brave. I highly recommend this book for parents and classroom teaching. In my opinion, "Our Emotions and Behavior" series are a good choice for parents to use with their children because of the positive message they bring! I highly recommend this book for parents and classroom teaching. The illustrations are simple and show each of the character feels and emotions about what is happening in each story. FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from free spirit publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
DebraLScott More than 1 year ago
Who Feels Scared? (Our Emotions and Behavior Series) Who Feels Scared? (Our Emotions and Behavior Series) By Sue Graves, Illustrations by Desideria Guicciardini Review by Debra L Scott Who Feels Scared? is one of a new four-book series from Free Spirit Publishing called "Our Emotions and Behaviors". The other books in the series are: Not Fair, Won't Share, But Why Can't I? , and I'm Not Happy. Three friends, one sister, and one dog are all scared of different things. With each scary situation, one of the others finds a way to make it not scary. Who Feels Scared? takes a fun look at some scary situations kids face on a regular basis; scary growls from neighborhood animals, spooky noises in the closet, flying in an airplane, fireworks and even scary stories. The solutions are creative and real. Sometimes it is discovering that the scary thing has a very real and not-at-all scary source. Other times it is finding ways to be distracted from the feared thing so it's not so scary after all. The scary story Dad tells brings a reminder that stories are just stories and not real, so sometimes being scared can be kind of fun. I couldn't find a thing to be concerned about in this delightful addition to the series. It is clear and well written, with real life situations that children encounter all the time. The solutions are also easy to understand and apply for a young child. It is certainly my favorite book of the four. After the story, there is a two page story board without words describing a similar situation. Children are encouraged to talk about what is happening in the pictures and answer questions about it. Following this is a teacher/parent guide to the book with tips on how to discuss the issues presented and gives suggested topics for discussion. The vocabulary of the story is suitable for young readers to sound out by themselves, but not the included instructions which are intended solely for the adult. The illustrations are expressive and simple so that it is easy to see how each character feels about what is happening.