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Blossom Plays Possum (Because She’s Shy) by Birdy Jones
To be published on July 17, 2017.
Blossom is bashful and “plays possum” so she won’t be noticed. She wants to talk and play with other kids, but doesn’t know how. But soon with some courage and support from her friends, she learns how to connect with others, take risks, and be more confident with herself. Blossom Plays Possum aims to show kids and parents that there is nothing wrong with being shy and helps boost self-esteem. Includes a “Note to Parents and Caregivers” with more information and resources about overcoming shyness.
This book is really cute. I was SUPER shy as a kid, so I can definitely relate to Blossom. She’s a possum who plays possum every time she’s confronted with a scary situation. She can’t tell someone her name or answer a question in class. She’s too shy to join in singing with some girls at school or play her flute in front of her music class. Her music teacher tells her it’s OK to be nervous, but he gently suggests she try to see things a different way, so they’re not so scary. After an incident in art class, Blossom begins trying new things.
This book is written in first person, which is kind of unique for a picture book, but it worked well. Shy kids will empathize with Blossom and perhaps her experiences will help them be open to new opportunities as well. This book is perfect for kids ages 4-8.
The end of the book includes helpful resources for parents.
My Rating: 4 Stars