Fear Not, Sweet Frances. True Cotton Children's Book



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+ 8.5 x 8.5 paperback Children’s book
+ full color interior
+ All content is written by TrueCotton.
+ ALL elements are hand-drawn or hand-painted by TrueCotton.



She was 5.
I had taken a few laps around the kitchen to breathe and do my best to calm down. I was the adult, I was the one to model self-control, kind, calm words that didn’t melt my tinys. I was doing a mediocre job at best. After a full hour spent reasoning with her, we were at a standoff. I was frazzled, I had no words left, she was out of tears. I took another lap.

With both hands I picked her up and gently set her on the counter so that we were nose to nose. I looked straight in her huge green eyes and said ‘Boof, mommy loves you. I understand you’re afraid, or worried or sad, or need something you don’t know how to ask for - but I need to know how I can help you. How can I love you better right now?” And, as serious and with maturity, light years more than my previous state, she looked right at me, chin quivering and said “mommy, you can hold me more!”. I melted.

We cried, apologized and snuggled. We read a book and then the thing that had caused the whole afternoon to come unhinged was gently spoken in a whisper. “Oh, ok. Thank you for telling me! I can help with that”.

We began to regularly pick a favorite stuffed animal ‘baby’, and a book and sit down to have our ‘hold you me’ time. This became sweet time for both of us, to slow down and connect. She also would find things in each story that would remind her of part of her day, or something she wanted to tell me. She connected dots that otherwise wouldn’t have been connected. She was physically reassured I was there and it created sweet space for her to talk through what worried her.

Fear Not, Sweet Frances was written on my notes app in carpool line. I began to think about how my ‘tinys’ have always been drawn to small, toddler-sized animals that would fit in their hands. I miss the sound of the imaginary play on my windowsills. That pretend play would almost always involve running or hiding from something frightening. I love the stories they would make up and how it would resolve in that animal being safe, secure or rescued. These little animals had a part in helping my kids with their fears; big and small. The were safari animals, prehistoric creatures, but mostly forest friends.

The forest friends in ‘Fear Not, Sweet Frances’ may even be something that Frances finds in her own backyard.

Each one of in this book fear something - but they are not left in that fear as their Creator tells them Truth about himself and their purpose and place in His Creation.

A Firefly, afraid of the dark.
A Frog, afraid of change.
A Fish, afraid of shadows and things unseen.
A Finch, afraid of not having what it needs.
A Fox, afraid of others.
A Fawn, afraid of being alone.
Frances, afraid of things she can’t control.

Fear Not, Sweet Frances.

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