Kicking Fear (Gift Version)

  • Many people have a fear of something. Some are afraid of the dark, while others have something that they would really like to do, but don\'t have the courage.  Do you have someone who helps you?  In Kicking Fear, Chimpanzee needs your help to conquer his fears!  Can you help him?  Up to 30% of this book can be personalized!  Drawings, photos and text!

  • Ebook Price: 9.99
  • Hardcover Price: 26.99
  • 2016-10-27
  • Grade Pre-K to 4


Copyright © text and illustrations 2013 I Can! Kids. All rights reserved.

This book was written by Donna Smith and Illustrated by Jessica Reimer. However, lots of help was provided by budding writer and illustrator, Pat, to make it even more special!

Printed in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada.M000

No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part, or restored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without written permission of the author.

This is a work of fiction. The events described are imaginary. When persons are referred to by their true names, they are portrayed in entirely fictitious settings, and incidents, the reader should not infer that these settings and incidents are real or that the events actually occurred.

Pat was so excited today! He was going to the zoo with bob. He couldn't wait to see some of his favorite animals, the , and .

Pat also knew that his friend had some favorite animals. bob loved the because they like to spend their time .


Pat and his friend made sure that they went to the zoo early in the morning so they could see the animals playing and having fun. While he loves the animals and the zoo, Pat felt that it might be a bit boring in the afternoon, when the sun was too hot and the animals went to lay in the shade.


His Mom knew Pat too well, and led them to all of Pat’s favorite animals first. As they walked toward the , bob shouted, “Look, just as we expected, the are .” After spending some time with the , Pat and his friends were running towards the !


As they were wandering down the path to the , they stopped by the chimpanzees. The chimpanzees were definitely getting their morning exercise. They were swinging back and forth on the ropes, climbing up the trees and jumping from limb to limb.


As Pat and his friend looked around, they saw a chimpanzee sitting by the edge of the play area cupping her hands. “Look Pat, doesn’t that poor little chimpanzee look sad?” said .

"Hmmm,” thought Pat, “I wonder what's wrong with her... Oh, poor little chimp, what’s the matter?” Pat whispered while bending down low to see her.

Sniffling, the Chimp whimpered, “My sisters, brothers and friends like to play soccer. To play, you have to dribble the ball, pass and do lots of tough stuff."


Pat jumped back! Did anyone else hear that? Was he hearing things? He saw that his friend was busy watching the other chimpanzees so Pat decided to hang out here a little longer. After a few moments, Pat tried to talk to the chimpanzee again, “Ummmm, well, do you want to play soccer?”

“Yes and no. I really want to play with my family and friends but I don’t want to play soccer.”

“Why not?” asked Pat.

“I'm afraid of not playing well. I don’t want to fail. Georgie will make fun of me and my Mom will be disappointed.”

“Oh dear. I don’t think Georgie will make fun of you, and your Mom won't be disappointed. Your Mom would be so happy just to see you smiling and having fun!" Pat paused. The chimpanzee looked up, with a bit of hope in her eyes.


"I have been afraid before too. In fact, I have something that I am a bit afraid of.”

“You do?” asked the Chimp.

“Yes, I have been afraid to playing basketball." Pat became a bit quiet, as he contemplated his own fears. "Really? What do you do to not be afraid?” said the Chimp.

“Well, I was talking to my Mom awhile ago. My Mom gave me three tips for more courage. The first was to practice, practice and practice. The more you do something the easier it becomes. My Mom said that sometimes you need to break down the larger activity into smaller tasks and practice some of the smaller steps first. These smaller steps may be less scary and help reduce your fears.”


“Hmmm,” thought the Chimp, trying to think of what she could do to reduce her fear.

“If I were you, I would practice some soccer drills, like dribbling the ball first. In my case, I will need to learn how to pass the ball.”

“That is a good idea. I will have to try it. What is the next tip?” The Chimp started to feel more excited to try Pat’s idea to be less afraid.