The world is full of frightening things, but to little Orion, nothing is scarier than the dark — that is until one night The Dark decides that it’s time for a little personal intervention, and takes him on an enlightening and exhilarating adventure.
If you think about it, childhood is when we go through some of the steepest learning curves in life — what with learning to walk, talk, read… it’s a pretty daunting list, really. And sometimes, what everyone, much less kids, needs is a little affirmation — that pat on the back to tell them that they’re doing just fine, and a little nudge in the right direction to push them to achieve more.
Harry was certain there was something terrible lurking in the cellar, because it was “dark and damp and it smelled”.
Sleep is a time for repose. As such, comfortable surroundings and adhering to a familiar routine will go a long way to help children (or anyone else, really) doze off quickly and get a good rest.
In The Woods, a little boy’s bedtime routine is disrupted when the stuffed bunny that he always hugs to sleep goes missing.
Little T has some misgivings about going to the zoo — hence the title Fraidyzoo — but the trouble is, she can’t remember what exactly she’s afraid of. Unlike most parents who will probably give the child some words of reassurance and convince her to join in, Little T’s family approaches the problem somewhat differently…
Dark spaces tend to feed the imagination in an undesirable manner, since the lack of light impairs our vision and heightens the sense of the unknown. In The Bear Under the Stairs, this dark, unknown space takes the form of the storage area under the stairs in William’s house, where the young protagonist is convinced lives a scary grizzly bear who is out to eat him for tea!
It’s really easy to get used to life with all the modern comforts and conveniences that we enjoy, and take them for granted. (And god forbid if our lives are interrupted by #firstworldproblems such as faulty air-conditioning, a power outage, no internet connection or even low water pressure.) Thus, Anna Carries Water is a refreshing read in more ways than one.
Being afraid of trying the new and unknown is quite understandable since it requires a leap of faith of sorts. Even adults, much less children, sometimes need a lot of encouragement — and perhaps some company — before they feel confident enough to venture into uncharted territory.
Thus, it’s easy for children to relate to the eponymous protagonist in Roly Poly Pangolin, who is easily intimidated by unfamiliar things.
Owl Babies is a warm, sweetly sympathetic story that is particularly apt for children who are experiencing some form of separation anxiety.
In this book, three baby owls — Sarah (the big sister), Percy (the middle child) and Bill (the baby), each with his/her own distinct personality and voice — wake up in the middle of the night to find their mother gone from the nest.