chapter  8
10 Pages

Stories for talking about fears

BySue Jennings

Many children will bottle up their fears and not talk about them in case they are disbelieved or bullied or ridiculed. Feeling invisible is very common in such children as they sit at the back of the class or find ways not to draw attention to themselves. The first story of 'The Invisible Child' addresses issues of fear, attachment and learning to play. We all know children who are the victims of bullying and violence, sarcasm and silence, who, in the end, become 'invisible'. It is a story that many children and adults identify with. The love of the Forest Family in the story, and the wisdom in Grandmother's recipe book, allow for healing and change. The second story – 'The Sewing of the Stars' – really gets in touch with the fear of children when something unexpected happens.