Dad and the Dinosaur
This story is about a fearful boy. Nick is afraid of a lot of things, especially dark nights. His dad is afraid of nothing, and Nick would like to be like him. But only one thing makes Nick really feel brave: the little dinosaurs he keeps in his pocket, inside his socks when he plays soccer, or tied to his trunks when he swims. Everyone thinks Nick is brave; nobody knows his secret. Until one day he loses the dinosaur on the soccer field and he tells Dad. Dad tells him that it’s okay to be afraid sometimes, but Nick insists that the dinosaur is the brave one, not him. Dad understands and helps him find it in the middle of the night. They find it, and he keeps it again under his pillow. Now Nick shares his secret with Dad and nobody else. This is quite a nice story, but I really had a hard time understanding why Nick feels safer with a toy. I also feel scared at times, but then I talk to myself, or I go in my special safe place, or I ask for Mom’s or Dad’s help.
|Gennifer Choldenko • Dan Santat, Illustrator
|G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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