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This week I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to review Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick or Treating by author Laura Gehl. The book is truly a book not only about facing fears, but being kind and compassionate as well. Laura has crafted this special book in a way that it gives us a fresh look a being afraid, and especially being afraid on Halloween. It’s a wonderfully fresh and inventive spin on a holiday that so many of us love.
Laura is going us today with a wonderful guest post about her books and her writing journey. Enjoy!
After I presented to a gym full of preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students this week, a teacher asked me a funny question: “Do you have an egg of your own?”
The teacher wasn’t asking if I had a hard-boiled egg in my lunch. She was actually asking if I have a capital-E Egg in my life…a child like the character Egg in the Peep and Egg series.
In Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching, Egg is scared to leave her safe, cozy shell. For every fun experience big sister Peep talks about, from watching the sunrise to counting the stars, Egg sees only the scary side.
In Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick or Treating, Egg has found the courage to leave her shell. Now, Peep is excited to celebrate Halloween with her little sister, but Egg is thinking about vampires, mummies, and ghosts lurking around every corner. Egg is not trick or treating. No way, no how.
In my presentation, I showed the kids my Big Bag of Super Scary Stuff. I told them I was too scared to take anything out of the bag. But if any students were brave enough, they could reach inside.
Several kids did reach into the bag, and found terrifying items like a stuffed dog and a wooden candle. After shrieking in terror as each item was revealed, I asked the kids why they thought I had brought the Big Bag of Super Scary Stuff to their school. One kindergartener nailed it: “To show us it is okay to be scared.”
We talked about how kids are scared of all different things—dogs, candles, and, of course, Halloween. We talked about how grown-ups are scared of things too. And I tried to make sure the message of Peep and Egg came through loud and clear: we all have fears, and we can all overcome those fears.
This brings us back to that question: ”Do you have an Egg of your own?” And the answer is yes; in fact, I have a few. Between my four kids, we’ve dealt with common fears, like needles and the dark, and less common fears, like earthworms. There’s no doubt that the Peep and Egg series was inspired by my own life experiences—the fears, and also the gentle sibling love that Peep and Egg share.
I’ve heard from teachers, parents, school counselors, and librarians who have used Peep and Egg to discuss fears with kids. Between the comforting repetition of the lines “I’m not hatching!” or “I’m not trick or treating!” and Joyce Wan’s adorable drawings, the Peep and Egg books set a safe, inviting stage for these types of conversations.
It makes me so happy when I hear that Peep and Egg might be helping the little “Eggs” out there crack their fears, even just a bit. As for my own “Eggs,” my 6-year-old has finally started sleeping with the light off, and that’s pretty egg-ceptional in my book!
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Bio: Laura Gehl is the author of One Big Pair of Underwear, a Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title, International Literacy Association Honor Book, and Booklist Books for Youth Editors’ Choice; Hare and Tortoise Race Across Israel and And Then Another Sheep Turned Up (both PJ library selections); and the Peep and Egg series. A former science and reading teacher, she also writes about science for children and adults. Laura lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband and four children. Visit her online at www.lauragehl.com and www.Facebook.com/AuthorLauraGehl.
ONE winner will receive a copy of Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick or Treating. Giveaway begins 10/10/16
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