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Once I Was Very Very Scared
Ippen, Chandra Ghosh | Pictures by Erich Ippen Jr.
Piplo Productions / Softcover / 2017-01-01 / 0998412600
Children's Books
price: $24.75 (may be subject to change)
64 pages
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A little squirrel announces that he was once very, very scared and finds out that he is not alone. Lots of little animals went through scary experiences, but they react in different ways. Turtle hides and gets a tummy ache, monkey clings, dog barks, and elephant doesn’t like to talk about it. They need help, and they get help from grown-ups who help them feel safe and learn ways to cope with difficult feelings.

This story was written to help children and grown-ups (parents, teachers, and other important adults) understand how stress can affect children and ways to help them.

Reviews and Endorsements:

This beautifully illustrated book will undoubtedly help children to find the presence of mind necessary to put their feelings into language, and to help them by-pass the universal experience of hurt kids: to blame themselves and to carry the scars inside. A wonderful tool to help hurt kids heal!
Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Medical Director Trauma Center at JRI, Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
New York Time Best Seller: The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

This wonderful book is unique in its sensitive portrayal of how we respond to fear and how supportive relationships can help. Children of all ages will relate to the beautiful words and expressive pictures. The compelling story offers children and the adults that care for them the perfect medium to explore the universal feeling of being afraid and the gift of creating safety together.
Alicia F. Lieberman, PhD
Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair of Infant Mental Health, Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Author of Emotional Life of the Toddler, Don’t Hit My Mommy, Psychotherapy with Infants and Young Children


The books from Piplo Productions are designed to help families begin conversations about difficult experiences. The hope is that they speak both to children and to the child within all of us and that they promote greater understanding of how stress and trauma affect children and how grown-ups can partner to support them.

They are ideal books for parents and for all professionals who work with children. There are additional resources available at no extra cost direct from the Piplo Production website to help those working with children.

About the Author:

Chandra Ghosh Ippen combines her love of story and cute creatures with her training in clinical psychology. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California in 1999 and completed pre and postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is currently the Associate Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at UCSF and the Director of Dissemination and Implementation for Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). She has co-authored over 20 publications related to trauma and diversity-informed practice including the book Don’t Hit My Mommy, which is the manual for child–parent psychotherapy. She has over 15 years of experience conducting trainings nationally and internationally.

As a first generation East Indian/Japanese American who is fluent in Spanish and past co-Chair of the Culture Consortium of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, she is committed to examining how culture and context affect perception and mental health systems.

She also has a lifetime mission to bake 1000 pies and a pie in all 50 US states.

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