The illustrations in On a Windy Night show how young children’s imaginations can turn something real—an tree, a cornstalk, or a pumpkin—into something scarier. Two- to four-year-olds are able to imagine monsters, but are unable to reason them away as imaginary.
First, don’t tell children they’re being silly or babyish to be afraid. Assure your child that being afraid sometimes is normal—for people of all ages. Then support them in facing their fears for what they are.
Help your child experience whatever he or she fears in a safe situation. If he is afraid of the dark, let him sit on your lap looking at stars in the night sky as you point out constellations with a flashlight or visit the planetarium together. A dimmer switch can make his bedroom darker by degrees each night. Gradual is the way to go!
Fear can strike any time, not just at Halloween. Reading a book like On a Windy Night together provides an opening to talk with your child about her fears. LISTEN! Share with your child similar things you were afraid of as a child, but got past. Tell her that, in time, she will, too.