Stan the Timid Turtle
Helping Children Cope with Fears about School Violence
by Laura S. Fox, MA
illustrated by Anita DuFalla
Stan is a turtle who becomes fearful when a violent event happens at a nearby school and a lot of other little turtles like Stan get hurt. He retreats into his shell. Stan doesn't want to go to school. He becomes afraid of the dark and going outside. Stan becomes a very timid turtle.
With the help of his mom and dad, as well as his doctor, Stan learns that it's okay to be afraid, but you can't let fear rule your life. Sometimes bad things happen, people get hurt or the lights go out. But when he sees strangers in his school, Stan knows he must warn the other turtles. Stan the timid turtle becomes Stan the brave turtle. This important message of strength in the face of fear is one small children scared by the recent tragedies in Newtown and Boston need to understand, find strength in themselves and get help when in danger.
"...written in appealing prose, with expressive, message-enhancing illustrations of
Stan and other young turtles which children will be able to identify with. The choice of
a turtle as a hero is inspired...an excellent resource for helping children learn to cope
with their fears.”
— Midwest Book Review
"...covers an all-too-timely issue, violence in the schools...a good book for parents
and teachers to read to their children and students.”
— April Helms, Nordonia Hills News-Leader
Laura S. Fox, MA, an educational training consultant, received her master’s degree in educational psychology from Kent State University. She is a technical writer who lives in Twinsburg, Ohio with her husband and son.
Anita DuFalla has received numerous design and illustration awards, including recognition from Print Regional Design and the Society of News Design. She lives in Pittsburgh with her son.
A Small Horizons "Let's Talk" Release
7x8, 48 pages, 26 Color Illustrations
LC #2013947758, world rights
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-466-6 (pb), $9.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-467-3 (eBook), $9.95