Stan the Timid Turtle.
Stan the Timid Turtle
Laura S. Fox, MA, author
Anita DuFalla, illustrator
New Horizon Press
P.O. Box 669, Far Hills, NJ 07931
9780882824666, $9.95, www.newhorizonpressbooks.com
"Stan the Timid Turtle: Helping Children Cope with Fears About School Violence" is an illustrated juvenile book from the "Let's Talk" series that teaches children coping tools when dealing with crisis, violence in the schools, or other related issues that are frightening to children. Stan is a fearful young turtle who is scared to go out and attend school as normal because someone had hurt several young turtles at a nearby school. Stan felt scared and sick and afraid to go to school. He felt angry and sad, as though his safety had been betrayed. His parents worried about him, encouraging him to be calm and carry on, going back to school and soccer practice. Stan was so afraid that he hid in his shell, the only place he felt safe. Unable to persuade him to come out, his parents took him to the Dr., still inside his shell. Dr. Hope told him it was all right to be afraid, and that she was afraid too sometimes. She reminded Stan that he could help other young turtles feel safer by observing turtle behavior and reporting to teachers and guards if it seemed that something bad was going to happen, or if anyone was threatened. Stan knew he had to watch out for his younger cousin, Lily, so he decided to come out of his shell. Dr. Hope gave him some special words to say to himself when he was scared. They were: "Be brave. Be true. Do not let fear overcome you. Stay strong and carry on." These words encouraged Stan and helped him to feel better. Dr. Hope gave him a poster to remind him so he could practice saying the words every night before going to bed. The next day Stan noticed two strangers at school, a man and woman turtle. He was afraid, but he used his special words to have enough courage to tell Officer Shelly about the strangers. Because of Stan's bravery, other young turtles were safe and the strangers were taken away before anything bad happened. Later Stan was honored before the school turtle assembly for his courage, and awarded with a blue ribbon sash the said Hall Monitor. "Stan became the best hall monitor the Turtlesville School ever had." "Stan the Timid Turtle" is written in appealing prose, with expressive, message-enhancing illustrations of Stan and other young turtles which children will be able to identify with. The choice of a turtle as a hero is inspired, because the turtle carries his own armor with him, which can be both protective and limiting. Ending with a list of special tips for children and another list of tips for parents, and educators, "Stan the Timid Turtle" is an excellent resource for helping children learn to cope with their fears. Also highly recommended is another title in the "Let's Talk" Series is "Siggy's Parade: Helping Kids with Disabilities Find Their Strengths (9780882824697, $9,95)," by Blanche R. Dudley, Ed.D., illustrated by John Hazard and Robert Blankenship.
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