When I was a child, I was desperately afraid of the dark. Or maybe it wasn't the dark, but all the things I couldn't see and believed were hiding in it. I was convinced there was a bogey man under my bed, at least at night. During the daylight hours I knew that was just silly. But at night, if I had to get out of bed in the dark, I crawled to the corner of my bed closest to the door ... and jumped! I never slept with my door fully closed, but kept it open with a stuffed dog acting as a doorstop, to let a little light in from the rest of the house. And I mastered the art of jumping from my bed, out through the door, flicking on my light switch as I flew by.
It was the only safe way.
I also slept with my closet door closed until I was 18. True story. Whatever hid in there was not getting out.
Boo slept with a nightlight for years, but his fear of the dark was never as extreme as mine was. Thank goodness! For those parents with children who are more like me, I recommend picking up this new picture book written by Sandra V. Feder, and illustrated by Aimee Sicuro.
The Moon Inside tells a simple story of a young girl, Ella, whose favourite colour is yellow, and who is very much afraid of the dark. When the sun leaves for the day, she begins turning on the lights all through her house. One evening her mother tries to help her overcome her fears. What I appreciate in this story is that mom doesn't simply tell her, "there's nothing to be afraid of." Instead, she shows her the beauty of the night. Ella comes to her own conclusions and the calm, quiet yellow of the moon brings her comfort. That night she turns on fewer lights, so that she may still see the moon through her window.
Allowing a child to find their own answers can be so much more effective than telling them the answer straight out. The lesson sticks with them better and they can call the discovery their own. The simple text and beautiful, calming illustrations throughout should help any child to see the beauty in the night as well.
|Sample page from the book. The colour scheme is the same throughout, with lots of yellows, golds, and greys.|
The Moon Inside is available now, in hardcover with book jacket. Check your local bookstore, or you can purchase online from Amazon.ca (affiliate link).
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. No financial compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own. This post contains affiliate links.