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Even Ogres are Afraid (Book)

A story about teaching children how to face their fears

Product: Book

Trim size in cm: 14x22

Pages: 104 a colori

ISBN: 978-88-6137-225-2

Publication date: 01/03/2008

Suitable for: Primary 1st level (ages 6-7), Primary 2nd level (ages 8-10), Lower secondary 1st level (ages 10-11), Lower secondary 2nd level (ages 12-13)


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Told by two siblings, a brother and sister orc, this story recounts the fun adventures of the De Orchis family, which show the reader their own fears, which are easily recognizable as the most common ones among humans, both children and adults.  Sharing your negative emotions is never easy, and it is particularly difficult to talk to children and young people about what scares and distresses them, and a direct approach to the problem is certainly not the most effective. Instead, the narration purposefully allows one to gently approach the emotional world of children and help them express themselves, offering many points of reflection on how, many times, it is possible to overcome fears with ease, especially if you decide to share them, just like the “cowardly orcs” do.


- What they say about orcs (Did you know that orcs are cowards??)
- Those that... want to beat us up! (The Orchidea siblings and Tronky are afraid of orcbullies)
- Everyone wants to steal the big watermelon (Papa Agreste is afraid of being robbed)
- Mamma mia, a spider! (Mamma Matriorka is afraid of bugs)
- No, not a needle!! (Grandpa Orcobaldo is afraid of the doctor)
- The big finale: no fear, just talk about it! (We overcome fears together)
- After reading the story... (For children and adults that have read the book)