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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Free PDF Version

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A free PDF version  is available for use in trainings and for personal noncommercial use provided you honor the copyright and use guidelines on the download page.

Free Video Version

Listen to the story as read by the author. You may share this version in trainings, provided you follow the Use Guidelines.

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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.

Free Webinar: Spanish

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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Free finger puppets of all the animals are available to help families tell their story.

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Free handouts and coloring sheets.

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