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Free disaster resource developed jointly with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

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Developed to help young children and their families begin to talk about feelings and worries they may have after they have experienced a tornado.

The tornado was over,

 but life was not the same yet. 

Trinka and Sam, two small mice, become scared and worried after they experience a tornado and witness damage to their community. The story describes their reactions and shows how their parents help them to express their feelings and feel safer.

A companion parent guide suggests ways that parents can use the story with their children.



Free PDF Version

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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.

COVID Considerations

Families who are evacuating face threat not only from fires but from COVID. As they talk to their children and use the book, it may be helpful to use the pages from the book Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam and Littletown Work Together, to draw masks on the characters and think about ways that they keep themselves safe while in shelter or out of their homes.

Free Feeling Poster

A free feeling poster, developed for the book "Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown Work Together." Downloading means you agree to the Use Guidelines.

More Trinka and Sam Stories

to Support Families After Other Types of Disasters

Click on the image to learn more about the different Trinka and Sam story versions.

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Other Piplo Books to Start Conversations About . . .

Difficult experiences
and feeling scared
Challenging separations
Feelings of anger and sadness
Family member mental health or addiction challenges

Available Languages

Click on the image to access the different language versions

ASL (American Sign Language)

Developed by  Wisconsin Outreach for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind


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