Matt Parrott Features a Shy Little Girl Who Overcomes Her Phobia

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Delightful children’s book highlights a young girl’s battle over her fear of the bathtub

Phobia, according to, is a persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous. In his latest book titled Emmalou Tuggle Beats Her Fear, author Matt Parrott addresses this concern by creating a character who suffers from a phobia of the bath tub.

Some children do not instantly like bathing. This is what makes bath time a bit of a challenge for some parents; some end up dragging their charges, kicking and screaming, to have their children take baths. Emmalou Tuggle Beats Her Fear whimsically tells the tale of a little girl who overcomes her fear of taking a bath. Emmalou is a shy, five-year old, red-haired girl and taking a bath is not on her most favorite to-do list.

When faced with the challenge, she comes up with a brilliant plan by wearing red rubber galoshes each time she takes a bath. With the help of her mother, gets over her dream-spawned phobia of the bath tub.

Emmalou Tuggle Beats Her Fear is an endearing symbolism to how parents should handle their children’s fears, however irrational they may sound to adults. The recognition of their innermost subconscious issues allows a devout parent to explore what goes on with their children and lets them find helpful ways to resolve them.

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About the Author
Matt Parrott is the author of several children's books: Seeing More Clearly, Daniel And The Dark, and most recently, Emmalou Tuggle Beats Her Fear. He got the idea for his latest story from a tale his mother told him about her sister. He is 38 years old and is currently working on a new story.

Emmalou Tuggle Beats Her Fear * by Matt Parrott
Publication Date: November 21, 2011
Picture Book; $15.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4653-9419-4

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