All the Things We Fear the Most!

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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An encyclopedia of all the things we fear the most, from common fears like spiders (Arachnophobia) and confined spaces (Claustrophobia) to the strange and unusual like the color yellow (Xanthophobia).
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Scholastic, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780545349291
Branch Call Number: J 616.8522 LEVY
Characteristics: 80 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.


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SPL_Childrens Sep 25, 2013

It’s been said that everyone is afraid of something. True? Well, there are certainly many things to be afraid of (including many that you were probably unaware of), as Joel Levy’s book demonstrates so well.

We’ve all heard about or know someone who fears thunder and lightning, heights, the dark, being trapped in an elevator or another confined space, visiting the dentist, snakes, spiders, termites or other insects. But did you know that some people also fear mushrooms and toadstools (“mycophobia”), forests (“hylophobia”), toads (“bufonophobia”), water (“aquaphobia”) or even household dust (“koniophobia”)?

It turns out that there are good reasons to fear some of these things. Mushrooms and toadstools can be poisonous; people can become lost in forests or drown in water, and there are some particularly unhealthy things in household dust – such as fungal spores, insect fragments, mites and fragments of human skin.

If you feel silly admitting that you’re afraid of wasps, tell people that you suffer from “spheksophobia”! Afraid of insects? In that case, you have “entomophobia”. (These terms sound much more serious and dignified, don’t they?) There’s a scientific name for almost every phobia – even the fear of large things (“megalophobia”), snow (“cheimaphobia”), the colour white (“leukophobia”) and the colour yellow (“xanthophobia”).

However, students will notice that a phobia about homework isn’t addressed in this book.

Joel Levy’s book of fears and phobias is sure to engage even reluctant readers with its fascinating information, humour and eye-catching illustrations.


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