A little squirrel announces that he was once very, very scared and finds out that he is not alone.
I wonder what scared you?
This story was written to help children and grown-ups (parents, teachers, and other important adults) understand how stress can affect children and ways to help them.
In the story, lots of little animals went through scary experiences, but they react in different ways. Turtle hides and gets a tummy ache, monkey clings, dog barks, and elephant doesn’t like to talk about it. They need help, and they get help from grown-ups who help them feel safe and learn ways to cope with difficult feelings.
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The animals from Once I Was Very Very Scared help us understand common reactions to stress and ways that we can support healing and recovery.
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Los animalitos del libro "Una Vez Tuve Mucho Mucho Miedo" nos ayudan a entender reacciones comunes al estrés y formas en que podemos apoyar a niños y a familias quienes han experimentado trauma.
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