Brave Martha by Margot Apple
Props from the story, such as an umbrella, a fur hat, a stuffed animal with horns,
a stuffed animal cat, and a blanket
1. Read Brave Martha to the children. In this book, Martha’s cat Sophie checks
all of the spooky places in the bedroom each night before Martha goes to
sleep. One night Sophie is missing, and Martha imagines that all sorts of
creepy things are in her room. She confronts and conquers these fears, and in
the end, Sophie returns and they both go to sleep.
2. Discuss the story with the children. Who was making all of the noises that
Martha heard? Where was Sophie?
3. Encourage the children to talk about their fears and relate stories of times that
they were afraid.
4. Place props in the Dramatic Play Area so the children can act out the story.