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


Developed to help young children and their families begin to talk about feelings and worries they may have after they have experienced a large-scale fire, like a wildfire.

The fire was over,

 but life was not the same yet. 

Trinka and Sam, two small mice, become scared and worried after they experience a severe fire 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


Share this story with others by sharing the link to this page as we may update the PDF and develop new resources. Downloading the PDF means you agree to follow the copyright and Use Guidelines.

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 Postcards

We designed free postcards/flyers to support the dissemination of the stories. Download, print, and share the postcards. We recommend printing bilingual postcards (one side in English and one in Spanish).

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.


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



Some of the Organizations Recommending this Story

These are some of the organizations recommending our book on their websites. We share them because people often want to know if individuals and organizations have found our books to be useful. Community organizations, school districts, health organizations, government organizations, and national organizations are sharing and recommending our book.