ITEM: The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade by Davina Bell
CATEGORY: Social and Emotional Development
The day before the underwater fancy-dress parade, Alfie got that feeling … Sometimes it’s hard to be brave. Sometimes you get that feeling. Sometimes you’re just not ready … until, one day, you are.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Looking for a beautiful way to explore social anxiety? This gorgeous picture book is perfect! It’s a considered, charming and important book for anyone struggling with throwing themselves into the vast ocean of modern day society. The story follows Alfie, who wants to participate in the best parts of being a kid, from his friend Antoinette’s birthday party to the relay races at school. But his shyness keeps him from engaging. When Alfie wakes up with That Feeling on the morning of yet another big event—the underwater costume parade—his mom takes him to the aquarium. There, Alfie meets a starfish who shines so boldly Alfie feels small. But suddenly, a tiny clownfish swims up to Alfie for a quick hello and retreats again. Alfie begins to understand that there’s a happy medium between hiding away and being the star, and that he needs to come out of hiding every once and awhile to make meaningful connections.
KEY TOPIC: Social Anxiety
AUTHOR: Davina Bell
ILLUSTRATOR: Allison Colpoys
RECOMMENDED AGE: 1-6 years (though we are adults and have it on our bookshelves)
FORMAT: 32 page hardback book
SIZE: 255mm × 210mm