A Belly Full of Butterflies
What a lovely way to help children name that funny feeling in their tummies!
A belly full of beautiful butterflies just dancing around ready to flitter out and soar away when you try something new is a wonder-filled image for little people - and not so little - to think about when feeling nervous or anxious.
Chen's illustrations are endearing and reminiscent of mid-century illustrators Art Seiden and Bernice Myers - but with a healthy, child-centric view of real-world diversity!
Ideas for Making it Real
Reading books about starting school is the second suggestion in Scholastic's8 Tips to Prepare for the First Day of School and Silvestro's sweet picture book should be added to their list of new books for children who worry about being away from home.
The 25 Beautiful Butterfly Crafts for Kids of All Ages at Messy Little Monster is a great site for ideas on how to extend the "belly full of butterflies" idea into something a little more concrete for young children.
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