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When a young girl has to move countries and start at a new school, her fear tells her to be alone and afraid. How can she hope to make friends if she doesn't understand anyone? Surely no one else feels the same way... From the award-winning author and illustrator of The Journey, this insightful and delicately told story shows that we can all find friendship and comfort when When a young girl has to move countries and start at a new school, her fear tells her to be alone and afraid. How can she hope to make friends if she doesn't understand anyone? Surely no one else feels the same way... From the award-winning author and illustrator of The Journey, this insightful and delicately told story shows that we can all find friendship and comfort when we share our fears.


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When a young girl has to move countries and start at a new school, her fear tells her to be alone and afraid. How can she hope to make friends if she doesn't understand anyone? Surely no one else feels the same way... From the award-winning author and illustrator of The Journey, this insightful and delicately told story shows that we can all find friendship and comfort when When a young girl has to move countries and start at a new school, her fear tells her to be alone and afraid. How can she hope to make friends if she doesn't understand anyone? Surely no one else feels the same way... From the award-winning author and illustrator of The Journey, this insightful and delicately told story shows that we can all find friendship and comfort when we share our fears.

30 review for Me And My Fear

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Update: Since I first read this book several months ago, I've read a few other picture books addressing fear and anxiety. Although the illustrations in this one aren't my favourite, I think it has the best message I've seen about managing fear, so much so that I'm bumping this up an extra star. I love that it doesn't suggest you should eliminate fear altogether, only that it's important not to let it grow too big. Original review: Me And My Fear is a really insightful little book. Francesca Sanna Update: Since I first read this book several months ago, I've read a few other picture books addressing fear and anxiety. Although the illustrations in this one aren't my favourite, I think it has the best message I've seen about managing fear, so much so that I'm bumping this up an extra star. I love that it doesn't suggest you should eliminate fear altogether, only that it's important not to let it grow too big. Original review: Me And My Fear is a really insightful little book. Francesca Sanna has done a delightful job of capturing how easy it is to let fear take over and rule one's life. We follow the story of a young girl who has a tiny companion, Fear. After her family immigrates to a new country, Fear suddenly becomes larger than life as the two face the loneliness and doubts that come with navigating a new world. I really liked the message here, that Fear is not always a horrible thing, but it's important to make sure it stays an an appropriate size. This would be a great story for any kid, but especially so for one who has trouble trying new things because Fear keeps holding them back. Thank you to NetGalley and Nobrow for providing me with DRC of this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    This is brilliant! After a girl moves to a new country and new school, her anxiety and fear grow, isolating and paralyzing her until she discovers a friend who has fears of his own. Who knew so many kids feel the same way? About change, anxiety, coping, and kindness. Enjoyed the embodiment of fear into an adorable imaginary friend and the subtle humor in the art. Shows positive role fear plays as well as the danger in letting fear grow out of control.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    Often anxious and fearful Francesca Sanna writes a pretty wise and helpful book for kids about fears, which she suggests can be useful, but not useful to get too big. The illustration has a fear in the form of a creature whose size is manageable. The immigrant girl comes to a new country, new school, and is afraid. Of course, she is not alone in having fears!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This book perfectly followed the book on Mr. Rogers I just finished. He was very focused on children and the fears they face. This book speaks perfectly to children dealing with fear. The artwork was cute and gentle. It perfectly echoed the message of the prose. I loved the ending, with the pictures of everyone, the adults, children, animals, with their own little fear. This book not only shows fear and what it can do, it also shows compassion and what that can do to the fear of others. Sweet bo This book perfectly followed the book on Mr. Rogers I just finished. He was very focused on children and the fears they face. This book speaks perfectly to children dealing with fear. The artwork was cute and gentle. It perfectly echoed the message of the prose. I loved the ending, with the pictures of everyone, the adults, children, animals, with their own little fear. This book not only shows fear and what it can do, it also shows compassion and what that can do to the fear of others. Sweet book that would be useful for children who are experiencing a big move, changing schools or who are just generally fearful. 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 brave stars! My thanks to NetGalley and Nobrow Flying Eye Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Beautiful book that shows the embodiment of fear and how it grows in a young girl's life as she transitions to a new country. I love the way the end shows that everyone has a fear and I hope this book is a comfort to children like the main character and an inspiration to other readers to welcome in and comfort anyone new to an unfamiliar place. "But since we came to this new country, Fear isn't so little anymore." Beautiful book that shows the embodiment of fear and how it grows in a young girl's life as she transitions to a new country. I love the way the end shows that everyone has a fear and I hope this book is a comfort to children like the main character and an inspiration to other readers to welcome in and comfort anyone new to an unfamiliar place. "But since we came to this new country, Fear isn't so little anymore."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mathew

    Following on from The Journey and in answer to many questions from children she met, Sanna tells the story of one of the siblings after they had moved to a new country. Tying in her own anxieties and fears when integrating into a new culture, Sanna shares with us the young girl's beginning days at her new school and the acclimatisation of herself and those around her to this new start. From the seabirds flying in from The Journey's end, right at the start of this book, to the beautiful final dou Following on from The Journey and in answer to many questions from children she met, Sanna tells the story of one of the siblings after they had moved to a new country. Tying in her own anxieties and fears when integrating into a new culture, Sanna shares with us the young girl's beginning days at her new school and the acclimatisation of herself and those around her to this new start. From the seabirds flying in from The Journey's end, right at the start of this book, to the beautiful final double-page spread with a family of different ethnicities and various nods to characters and animals from The Journey, Sanna is writing and drawing for so many at just the right time. A story that explores anxiety in children starting at a new school and a new country with a new language, Sanna once again finds a voice for those who may have none. The fear in this book is well done too: a rounded ghost-like entity which is ever present and shown more as a outward part of herself which makes MUCH more sense. I do hope Sanna stays with children's books and continues to tell her stories. The fact that she is drawing on her own experiences and listening carefully and respectfully to those around her too means that we can look forward to that fine balance between story and truth.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Yasmin Marsden

    A young girl has a friend called Fear, who she takes with her on all of her new experiences and adventures. When she moves to a new school in a different country, Fear grows bigger and bigger to protect and keep the girl safe. But not everything is as bad as it seems when she builds a friendship with a boy in her class over a shared interest of art. Sanna has personified an abstract emotion in a clever way in which children can relate to. I like how Fear isn’t JUST viewed as just a negative thing A young girl has a friend called Fear, who she takes with her on all of her new experiences and adventures. When she moves to a new school in a different country, Fear grows bigger and bigger to protect and keep the girl safe. But not everything is as bad as it seems when she builds a friendship with a boy in her class over a shared interest of art. Sanna has personified an abstract emotion in a clever way in which children can relate to. I like how Fear isn’t JUST viewed as just a negative thing, as we all need to feel this sometimes to kelp us on track.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Drake

    Beautifully written story with lovely illustrations to accompany it. The book follows a girl who has moved to a new place and due to her 'secret' - fear - she finds it difficult to make friends or enjoy herself in the new place, this is until she realizes that everyone has fears of their own. This book reminded me of other books such as 'When sadness comes to call' in that it effectively personifies an emotion, in this case fear. Diversity is shown in this book through the illustrations where th Beautifully written story with lovely illustrations to accompany it. The book follows a girl who has moved to a new place and due to her 'secret' - fear - she finds it difficult to make friends or enjoy herself in the new place, this is until she realizes that everyone has fears of their own. This book reminded me of other books such as 'When sadness comes to call' in that it effectively personifies an emotion, in this case fear. Diversity is shown in this book through the illustrations where there are BAME characters shown in the classroom and in the playground. It also shows the girls first friend being a boy, whereas stereotypically children are usually exposed to girls being friends with girls and boys being friends with boys. This book would be a great ice-breaker at the beginning of ks1 to make all children aware that everyone has fears. This could also be used in a PSHCE lesson about fear where children can openly talk about their fears with their peers without any judgement - our job as teachers is to create a safe space.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Basma

    I loved this too much that I had to own a copy. Beautiful writing, great message that I think can be applicable to anyone, and impeccable art - it's so lovely and so warm. I loved this too much that I had to own a copy. Beautiful writing, great message that I think can be applicable to anyone, and impeccable art - it's so lovely and so warm.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Lopez

    This is a fantastic, beautifully illustrated book about being the new kid and overcoming your fears. This book focuses on a girl who moved to a new country, but it fits for those kids who would move due to their parent's job like military kids. Although the writer admits to struggling with anxiety, it's not just a book for kids with anxiety. It's for every kid who had to move to a new place and feels they don't belong and are fearful of fitting in and learning about the new place. "Fear" is draw This is a fantastic, beautifully illustrated book about being the new kid and overcoming your fears. This book focuses on a girl who moved to a new country, but it fits for those kids who would move due to their parent's job like military kids. Although the writer admits to struggling with anxiety, it's not just a book for kids with anxiety. It's for every kid who had to move to a new place and feels they don't belong and are fearful of fitting in and learning about the new place. "Fear" is drawn in such a great way, and the use of various sizes of fear is illustrated perfectly. I love the end where the character realizes that everyone has a fear.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Francesca Sanna's art is adorable. It really makes this story come to life. A young immigrant girl finds that she is living with fear everywhere she goes - sometimes it's big, sometimes it's small, but it's almost always interfering with her life. When she starts a new school, she discovers something unexpected: every one of her classmates also has a fear, and they come in all shapes and sizes. A beautifully illustrated book with an important positive message. I received access to this title via Francesca Sanna's art is adorable. It really makes this story come to life. A young immigrant girl finds that she is living with fear everywhere she goes - sometimes it's big, sometimes it's small, but it's almost always interfering with her life. When she starts a new school, she discovers something unexpected: every one of her classmates also has a fear, and they come in all shapes and sizes. A beautifully illustrated book with an important positive message. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Blake Bramley

    A beautiful little book about differences, having anxiety and making friends. The book is illustrated beautifully in an easy to understand way for children to spot the clues to what the book means, and the writing perfectly leads to ask children questions about the characters and what is happening. A wonderful book to use when talking about fear and emotions in school.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rasha Zayed

    Everyone has a fear too https://youtu.be/THAIfa8EXgA Everyone has a fear too https://youtu.be/THAIfa8EXgA

  14. 4 out of 5

    Filipa

    Beautiful illustrations in a small tale about fear and how it keep us from doing and living. Recommended by a fellow Booktuber :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jami Sailor

    the personification of fear and how everyone has it. beautiful

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura (Book Scrounger)

    I really loved the illustrations in Francesca Sanna's The Journey (which I included in my list of picture books featuring refugees). So when I saw she had a sequel out, I jumped at the chance to read it. In a way, Me and My Fear picks up where the previous book leaves off -- a girl and her mother and siblings have fled a land of war (there are no national identifiers here in order to apply to the broader refugee experience). Here, she is trying to adjust to a new location where she is unfamiliar I really loved the illustrations in Francesca Sanna's The Journey (which I included in my list of picture books featuring refugees). So when I saw she had a sequel out, I jumped at the chance to read it. In a way, Me and My Fear picks up where the previous book leaves off -- a girl and her mother and siblings have fled a land of war (there are no national identifiers here in order to apply to the broader refugee experience). Here, she is trying to adjust to a new location where she is unfamiliar with the language and customs of the children around her. But she has a little friend who helps to protect her -- Fear. I like that fear is occasionally portrayed in a positive light -- able to provide some services that are good, and not as something that has to simply be eradicated from a person's life. But this girl's Fear friend soon grows so large that it keeps her from doing a lot of things. It causes her to feel lonely, anxious, and to engage in negative self-talk. This is also an interesting picture, as Fear is at once an essential part of the girl, but also something outside of her that she has to contend with when their desires are at odds. I thought the allegory was well done, and portrays this often tempestuous relationship in a believable way. In the end, one thing that helps the girl to deal with her fear is to recognize that, contrary to what Fear tells her, she is actually not alone -- the children around her all have Fear friends as well, even if they're often smaller than hers. This contrast between loneliness and solidarity was also helpful in understanding fears. I think this book could be very helpful, especially for anxious kids or adults, and even for those who are not trying to make the shift between cultures. (Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy.)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Abbie Stagg

    Such a great book to follow Sana’a previous book ‘The Journey’, it is really effective in personifying fear and displaying it as a being that wants to stop you in your tracks doing what you want. It encourages children to fight their fears and overcome it. A lovely read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adeline Gravell

    A great book to help children with starting a new school and becoming anxious. Can help with self confidence and helping children to overcome their fears.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    When I saw this book, it attracted me right away. Having a grandchild with severe anxiety, I though this book would be a good one. It is a beautifully illustrated book about being the new child in school and the community, and overcoming your fears. This book focuses on a girl who moved to a new country, but it fits for any child who has moved to a new school. I loved the depiction of the girl's fear and how it increased in size as her fear increased. This is a book that would be beneficial to a When I saw this book, it attracted me right away. Having a grandchild with severe anxiety, I though this book would be a good one. It is a beautifully illustrated book about being the new child in school and the community, and overcoming your fears. This book focuses on a girl who moved to a new country, but it fits for any child who has moved to a new school. I loved the depiction of the girl's fear and how it increased in size as her fear increased. This is a book that would be beneficial to any child with the fear of fitting in to a new group or place. The ending is wonderful where she realizes that the other children all have different fears and they begin to play together. My only confusion with this book is what age level will understand the message. Obviously the message of being kind, welcoming and playing together is geared to anyone, but even though my grandson could tell me the message that everyone is afraid of something, he is too young to internalize that yet. This would be a good book to keep on my bookshelf to read him again when he is older and more able to utilize and understand the anxiety message. The publisher, Flying Eye Books, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    Captivating. I read this standing up in my local bookstore. So beautiful illustrated. So beautifully articulated. So lovely. Nearly bought one for me and a friend. No children would have been involved, but I think it's also amazing for kids -- both for befriending their fears and building their empathy for others (especially immigrants). Sweet story, great pictures, even some humor. What more can you ask for in a picture book? Captivating. I read this standing up in my local bookstore. So beautiful illustrated. So beautifully articulated. So lovely. Nearly bought one for me and a friend. No children would have been involved, but I think it's also amazing for kids -- both for befriending their fears and building their empathy for others (especially immigrants). Sweet story, great pictures, even some humor. What more can you ask for in a picture book?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Gorgeous illustrations and an uplifting lesson about fear and anxiety. I'm a super anxious person and I wish a book like this had been in my life when I was a child! I'll definitely be recommending this book to families at the library when they are looking for empowering books for kids. Thank you to Nobrow for letting me read an advanced copy. Gorgeous illustrations and an uplifting lesson about fear and anxiety. I'm a super anxious person and I wish a book like this had been in my life when I was a child! I'll definitely be recommending this book to families at the library when they are looking for empowering books for kids. Thank you to Nobrow for letting me read an advanced copy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Davidson

    This is a lovely story about a child who has fear all the time. The story mainly centers around a child having just moved to another country, but it also shows that everyone is afraid of something and it is possible to overcome one's fear. Wonderful encouragement to anyone with fears that hinder them. Great illustrations. This is a lovely story about a child who has fear all the time. The story mainly centers around a child having just moved to another country, but it also shows that everyone is afraid of something and it is possible to overcome one's fear. Wonderful encouragement to anyone with fears that hinder them. Great illustrations.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Earl

    What a beautiful story about the fear we all carry along with us. Reminds me of What Do You Do with an Idea? in the way that it presents an abstract idea but in such a very understandable way. Beautiful art.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ro Menendez

    Fear keeps us safe when we feel it in healthy amounts but this story explores how fear can be a bad feeling when it takes control and isolates you. The author shares in her author’s notes how she is a very anxious person which is where the motivation to write this story came from.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ann Santori

    Really great for developing social-emotional intelligence and understanding of anxiety/fear. Beautiful illustrations and a satisfying narrative arc.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I love that the author gives a physical image to fear. A girl is walking around with fear, and it grows. Until she meets a new friend.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Xavier Edward

    the detail is really nice i like what the fear represents and the drawing so good!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lorna Stephens

    A book which addresses a challenging topic in a very comforting and empathetic way

  29. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

    Fear can keep you safe OR RUIN YOUR LIFE. Either way, though, it's a giant, puffy marshmallow man. How cute! Fear can keep you safe OR RUIN YOUR LIFE. Either way, though, it's a giant, puffy marshmallow man. How cute!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy Brydon Jones

    Another one of Sanna's books that I have absolutely fallen in love with. I can't help but love picture books that make themes such as mental health and anxiety so accessible to younger children. Sanna does this by personifying the anxiety/fear. This is such an amazing writing tool, as it allows the reader to separate the anxiety from the person, which is such an important thing for younger children suffering from anxiety to know. It's important to teach them that their mental health doesn't defi Another one of Sanna's books that I have absolutely fallen in love with. I can't help but love picture books that make themes such as mental health and anxiety so accessible to younger children. Sanna does this by personifying the anxiety/fear. This is such an amazing writing tool, as it allows the reader to separate the anxiety from the person, which is such an important thing for younger children suffering from anxiety to know. It's important to teach them that their mental health doesn't define them, and Sanna does this so beautifully. Alongside the amazing writing, are the beautiful illustrations which are packed with colour and vibrancy. I'm not sure if this was done purposely to create a stark contrast between the dark fear, and the colourful drawings. Overall, Sanna has carried on 'her journey' with the beautiful birds landing on the pages of this book, and I can't wait to read so much more of her work.

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