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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Center for Youth Issues (January 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937870014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937870010
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julia Cook was born and raised in Salt Lake City Utah. While living in Utah, she became actively involved in teaching children how to ski. That experience led to a love of teaching in general. Julia now lives in Fremont, Nebraska and has a Masters degree in Elementary School Counseling. While serving as a guidance counselor, she often used childrens books to enhance her classroom lessons. Julia is now a nationally recognized award-winning childrens book author who has written more than a dozen books on behavior and health for children as well as several activity books for teachers. Her light, humorous approach keeps kids laughing while they're learning good behavior skills. The goal behind all of Julias books and efforts is to actively involve people into her fun and creative stories and teach them to become life-long problem solvers. Inspirations for her books come from working with children and carefully listening to parents, teachers and corporate leaders. Julias books have been referenced in such publications as Parents Magazine, The New Yorker, and babyzone.com. In her spare time, Julia enjoys spending time with her husband and family. In order to teach a child, you must enter their view of the world. - Julia Cook

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With over a million books in print, Julia Cook, a former school counselor and teacher, never dreamed she could evolve into an award-winning children's book author. Several years ago, Julia was searching for an effective story to teach children about the differences between tattling and telling. When she couldn't find the right resource, she decided to write her own book - Tattle Tongue. Fast forward seven years later, and she has more than 50 published books and activity guides. She now travels the country inspiring others to follow in her footsteps. "There are so many ideas out there that need to be shared" says Julia who takes top research and creativity and translates it into "kid language" that is both entertaining and engaging. Her light, humorous approach keeps kids laughing while they're learning good behavior skills. The goal behind all of Julia's books and efforts is to actively involve people into her fun and creative stories and teach them to become life-long problem solvers.

Julia has received the Association for Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award, and her books have been honored by the National Parenting Center and Mom's Choice Awards. Her books have been referenced in such publications as Parent's Magazine, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, Yahoo.com, drlaura.com, and babyzone.com and she has also been featured on CNN's HLN News, and several large metropolitan networks.

Julia has presented in more than 800 schools across the country and regularly delivers keynote addresses at national education, counseling and character conferences. In her spare time, Julia enjoys spending time with her husband and family.

In order to teach a child, you must enter their view of the world.
- Julia Cook

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Cute rhyming verses....great message.
artmom
It's a FUN interactive book that teaches and gives children tools to handle their worries!
Elementary School Counselor
I have read this book to various students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.
Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Caryl on November 7, 2012
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As an elementary school counselor, I use several of Julia Cook's books for classroom guidance lessons and with individual students and they are mostly great! This one, however, isn't going to make the cut because most of the solutions offered to the anxious main character are unrealistic or place the responsibility on adults. There are better books out there to help kids with worries and anxiety.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Elementary School Counselor on February 11, 2012
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Author Julia Cook, has an incredible gift of writing books for children! Her books teach important life skills, and are written through the child's view of the world. As an Elementary School Counselor I have incorporated many of Julia's books into my curriculum and must say Wilma Jean has been a hit with all my students k-5, parents, and staff!!! It's a FUN interactive book that teaches and gives children tools to handle their worries!
Children will quickly learn through Wilma Jean that the only thing they can't control is weather, for all of their other worries there is usually a solution.
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine should certainly find it's way onto your bookshelf if you're a Parent, School Counselor, Teacher, Social Worker, Psychologist, and/or Pediatrician.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sara on December 22, 2012
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I purchased this book for my son because of good reviews I had seen on it somewhere else, and since I am a worrier, and would prefer for my son not to be, I thought it would be a good choice for us. I was very disappointed when we read it. We actually only read it once before I decided to give it away. I felt like it basically gives you suggestions of all of the things you could be worrying about and would have made me more stressed out as a kid - not what I was going for at all...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carrie on August 7, 2012
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I am grateful for books like this...so that I may have the right tools to teach my child about emotions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judith Sandeen on June 12, 2013
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Another ecellent book by Julia Cook. We all worry some times, but some people are paralized by constant worrying as is the little girl in the book. The story explains how most things we worry about never happen, but by worrying all of the time we make ourself sick and miss out on all the good things in life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GloryDays on June 7, 2013
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I tried this book out on my own 10 year old daughter before using it during therapy sessions with children. It was a hit, all the kids loved it and could relate to the character's issues. I recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HC on June 29, 2014
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I generally love Julia Cook's books, so it was a no-brainer for me to buy this one. However, I do not ever use this book. As others have said, it puts the responsibility to SOLVE every problem onto the adults in Wilma Jean's life. Not only do I not want to give children the message that they need to be rescued by an adult, but not every worry is reasonable and needs solving. The world can be a scary and uncertain place and this is a fact that we each must come to terms with if we want to function within it. Sending the message that some outside force will swoop in to soothe every concern you have is simply not realistic and a very bad message for children with anxiety.

That said, I DID like the concepts in the book, just not their execution. I feel strongly that a re-write that helps Wilma Jean recognize which worries are in her control (and address those) and then some tools to help her deal with the worries that are not rational and/or outside of her control would take this from a 2 star book to a 5 star book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By chris on May 17, 2013
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I liked the content of the book, I have an 8 year old who struggles with anxiety. I did see that half way through the author states you'll make yourself sick,
my child suffers from anxiety about getting sick and fear of throwing up so that part of the book can be improved upon. I just use it as a tool to help along with my positive reinforcement. I would recommend this book!
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