Blossom is a possum. She loves to make Glitter Glam headbands, jam on her flute, and recite poetry by heart. If anyone asks her to do any of those things in public, however, she freezes up and covers her face; she is scared people will make fun of her. She begins to realize, though, that when her other classmates do things like play a solo in music class, or answer a teacher's question, that even if they make a mistake everything seems to be okay. Slowly, she begins opening up more. She raises her hand in class, reads at the library poetry slam, and sings out loud. Although some things are still a little too scary, she is proud of herself for the times she tries.
Blossom Plays Possum (Because She's Shy)
, written by Birdy Jones and illustrated by Janet McDonnell, is a very sweet book. As a shy person, I could definitely relate to Blossom. Describing how she "plays possum" whenever she gets embarrassed or scared is a perfect way to describe how shy children (and older people!) sometimes feel. At the end of the book there are tips for parents and caregivers on how to empathize with and help your shy little one break out of their shell. Perhaps after reading this book, you could try some of the techniques, such as practicing for situations that make your child nervous at home first, before attempting it at school. The most important thing is to be patient and understanding about how difficult certain situations can be for them, and to be a good role-model and supporter so they know they always have someone looking out for them.
This picture book is recommended for children ages 4-8. It is available in print at the library
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