Bryan the Scarecrow stands in the field day and night keeping watch over the corn. When the sun goes down, though, Bryan is afraid of all the spooky things around him! How can Bryan be brave when he’s scared of everything?
My oldest daughter is absorbing so much new information as a newly minted first grader and she has lots of questions. Will a big meteor hit the earth like it did when the dinosaurs were alive? What if a mosquito carrying a virus bites me? She is starting to process and think about life in an entirely new way, where everything isn’t always safe and sound and Bob and I can’t protect her from everything. That said, it’s important that we validate her fears and talk through her concerns and not brush them off. After all, being ‘brave’ doesn’t mean you don’t have fears. Being brave means you have fears, but face them anyway. I was interested in reading Brooke a new book by first time author, Tyler Christensen, called Bryan the Scarecrow Who’s Scared of Everything because I thought it would be a great way to open up discussions on feeling afraid and how you can still be brave despite it.
First time author Tyler Christensen writes and illustrates a colorful tale of courage and overcoming fears in the new released Bryan the Scarecrow Who’s Scared of Everything, published by Outskirts Press. The book is geared towards children around Brooke’s age through second grade and it deals with feelings and emotions, especially the feelings of being afraid. Bryan the Scarecrow stands in the field day and night keeping watch over the corn, but when the sun goes down Bryan is afraid of all the spooky things around him. He’s supposed to be a scarecrow, so how can Bryan be brave when he’s scared of everything? Bob and I like that the book has Bryan opening up to his friends about being afraid and the discussion of bravery in the face of fear is an important lesson to learn. After all, Bryan is in the business of ‘scaring’ animals away from the corn and in reality, do the animals really have anything to fear from Bryan? This perception of fear and bravery are an interesting topic for a six year old and I think the book deals with Bryan’s fears in a logical way. Yes, Bryan can feel afraid at times when it’s dark and he doesn’t know what’s out there, but he is also brave and always has been because he is able to face his fears or ‘overcome them’ and protect his field from predators. It’s a relevant book for young children who are also realizing that there are scary things in the world, but you do not have to be paralyzed by them and keeping moving. That is the definition of bravery!
About the Author: Tyler Chistensen is an award-winning Film and TV producer in Los Angeles. When not creating whimsical characters, he enjoys exploring the world with his love Patrick and their fur-baby Lambeau.
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