This book is an awesome yet silly learning tool for young children!! The story is fun for children, but still amusing for adults to read to their child. Letting children know that having fears even if silly, do not take away from who they are as a young person, allowing them to let go of insecurities about their fears. Plus the fears are all in alphabetical order so it’s great for helping with ABCs too! I love it! Definitely recommend for anyone with young children/students/nieces/nephews/grandkids.
Every child has fears. For each child, these fears may be different and come in different shapes and sizes. Jasper the Bold (ish) is a picture book geared toward young children that addresses common fears. In Krystal Fernandes’ book, Jasper encounters multiple everyday items that he is afraid of. These include bees, frogs, noodles, and oceans. Ms. Fernandes does a unique job of addressing Jasper's fears using letters of the alphabet to name specific fears that kids may have. She also, in some instances, has Jasper explain why he is afraid of various items. This helps the young reader relate to Jasper on a personal level. Throughout the book, Jasper attempts to overcome these fears and not be crippled by them.
Jasper the Bold (ish) by Krystal Fernandes is a delightful, easy to read book that takes readers on the path that Jasper takes as he struggles to overcome his fears. Written from Jasper’s point of view, readers are drawn into the adorable artwork and the ability to relate to the everyday items that Jasper talks about. Another wonderful feature of this story is that it is written in easy rhyme which helps young readers in their reading progress. The vocabulary is easy to understand and is appropriate for all age levels. Ms. Fernandes has written a well thought out story that makes it easy for young children to relate to Jasper. This book is one that I would recommend for any child struggling with fears and needing encouragement to overcome them.
Krystal Fernandes wants you to meet the courageous Jasper.
"This humorous tale, written in rhyme, takes you through the mind of a young child who believes that he is courageous despite all the silly, strange, and even down right outrageous things he fears. It helps to teach children that people can be afraid of anything and that it is okay. This story brings to life the reality of fears and makes the reader laugh along the way." - AwesomeGang.com
Fernandes explains her inspiration for the book came from her own experiences as a kid. "The story line came about because as a child I had severe anxiety, so I was afraid of everything! My mother would always tell me the things I was afraid of was "nothing" and "ridiculous". Of course, as I became an adult, I could see her point of view. However, everyone has something they are afraid of. There isn't one person that can say that nothing frightens them. I am still afraid of being alone in the dark!"
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