Brave Little Bunny

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Brave Little Bunny

Text copyright © 2020 by Alexis Huckbay

Illustrations copyright © 2020 by Alexis Huckbay

All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America.

No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission

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When crafting a worry doll, it is important to keep safety in mind. Children should always asks permission

from an adult before using any craft materials and should be supervised the entire time.

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She began her bedtime

routine by taking a bath,

brushing her teeth, and

putting on her pajamas.

With some help from Mama, she then picked out her

school supplies that they had bought from the store.

Riley chose a couple of sharpened pencils, a glue stick,

an eraser, and a brand-new box of crayons that had

every color of the rainbow in it.

She put all of these supplies into a small,

plastic pencil box, and then placed it

inside her backpack, getting everything

ready for school in the morning.

She then placed the backpack by the

front door so she would not forget it.

“The end,” read Mama, as she finished

reading and closed the book.

“Goodnight, Riley – and sleep tight!”

Mama kissed Riley’s head, stood up,

and turned off the light.

What if school tomorrow isn’t fun?

What if nobody wants to play with me?

What if the schoolwork is too hard?

Mama won’t be there with me – I don’t want to be all alone!

“What is that?” Riley asked,

wiping away tears that had

fallen down her face.

“Remember,” Mama said gently, “everyone has worries, Riley

– even me! Worries just mean that you care about something,

which is good.

If your worries ever make you sad again, just say them out

loud to your new worry doll, and she will take care of them.

She will hold on to them so that you can feel better.”

“Thank you, Mama.” Riley reached over and hugged Mama.

Telling Mama about her worries for school already made her

feel much better. Now with her new worry doll, she would

always have someone to tell her worries to.

Riley took the doll and told it everything she worried about.

She talked to it about how she was afraid that school

wouldn’t be fun.

She talked about being scared of having no friends.

She talked about worrying that the

schoolwork would be too hard.

Riley even talked about

missing Mama while

she was away

at school.

She closed her eyes,

pulled the blankets up closer around herself,

and gently fell asleep.

The Worry Doll Tradition

Did you know that the idea behind Riley’s worry doll was based on a

Guatemalan legend?

The native people from the Highlands in Guatemala were the first to create

these worry dolls to help children cope with worrying. According to the

legend, when worries keep a person awake, they will tell their fears to a

worry doll. These dolls are special and take over the worrying so that the

person can sleep peacefully. Traditionally, these dolls would be made using

pieces of wood, wire, yarn, and scraps of traditional woven fabric to make

the costumes. Make your own with the instructions below!

What You’ll Need:

+ + Wooden clothespin or a small twig

+ + Yarn or embroidery floss

+ + Permanent marker

+ + Low heat glue gun


1. Take various colors of yarn or embroidery floss and wrap

it around the wooden object of your choosing, making the

doll’s outfit. To keep the string from unraveling, secure it

with the low heat glue or tie it in place.

2. At the top of the wooden object, draw a face.

3. For extra fun, feel free to cut strips of the string and glue

it on like hair! Get as creative as you would like when

making your dolls!

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