Chester Raccoon is afraid to do a speech in front of his whole class until his mother tells him a reassuring story that will help him get passed his fears. When Chester thinks that he cannot do something, he must tell himself that he can and then do it!
In an addition to the Kissing Hand series, Penn delivers another cozy woodland story with a meandering lesson about the meaning of bravery. While Chester Raccoons mother tells him about a young robin that is too afraid to fly, Chester reveals his own fear: hes afraid to recite lessons in front of the other animals at school. The story alternates between images of the frightened robin (whos joined by his assuring father) and Chester and his mother. The message gets a little muddled (the robin learns that Being brave was about flying when he was bothered to fly but found the courage to fly anyway because he knew he must), but readers will comprehend the motto Chesters mother tells him to use when he doubts himself: ThinkTellDo. If you think you cant, tell yourself you can, and do it! Ages 38. (Sept.) 2012 Reed Business Information
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