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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tanglewood Press (April 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933718056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933718057
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend this book for children of all ages.
Margaret Finberg
The book does a great job of explaining what worries are, provides child relevant examples and even provides kids with solutions to help with their worries.
Tiffany
These illustrations cracked my daughter up, and she asks to have the book read and spends time with it on her own.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Finberg on May 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a first grade teacher who had the opportunity to read this book to my class. All of the children enjoyed the story. They loved looking for the Worry. Most importantly, this book generated a lot of discussion about things that worried them and how they could make their worries go away or find alternative solutions.

I highly recommend this book for children of all ages.
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Format: Hardcover
Is A Worry Worrying You? is a picturebook for children that combines whimsical artwork with honest and practical advice for dealing with worries - from everyday worries about bullies and the first day of school to not-so-common worries such as a rhino wandering the neighborhood! A "Worry" is depicted as a big blue monster with no manners, that stays like an uninvited guest - but only as long as one lets it. Is A Worry Worrying You? shows young people means of dealing with worries, from confronting it directly or working on whatever is worrying one, to focusing on happy thoughts, engaging in activities like playing with cards or baking a cake, or talking with friends. Highly recommended.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on November 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Adults worry about many things and sometimes even desire to return to what they believe is the carefree childhood years. But life is stressful, even for children. They worry about things just like adults do. Some of their worries are about monsters under the bed, a school bully or maybe even starting school. Other worries may be little worries, but worries nonetheless.

Is a Worry Worrying You? addresses the worries of children and helps the child deal with them in a way that they can identify with. If a herd of elephants are thirsty when they arrive for tea, just give them lemonade instead. It looks at worry and solving problems creatively.

Is a Worry Worrying You? is a book best read by children with an adult. The adult can helpfully explain any sticking points. The illustrations are quirky and show what I like to call the "worry monster" on the pages. The drawings evoke a feeling of worry without being scary. I believe my little children will enjoy them.

Armchair Interviews says: Is a Worry Worrying You? is a wonderful way to spend time with the special child in your life and allay the worries they all have at one time or another.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lavers on July 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I had heard about this book for years but had never read it. Since my own three-year-old, Magda, is prone to a few worries of her own (mostly nightmare related) I thought she might want to check this one out. It's about children who have "worries" in the form of a personified blue monster who pesters them. The things they worry about are deliberately silly, like having elephants over for tea and having nothing to serve them, or having a monkey steal your skateboard. And ultimately the advice is that you can make your worry go away by creative problem solving (serving lemonade instead of tea, borrowing the monkey's roller blades) or by ignoring it and refusing to let it in.

The book is cute but it left me with two new worries.

First of all, I was worried that the book would give Magda all kinds of new worries to worry about. Would elephants REALLY come over? If she's worried about something, does that REALLY mean a blue monster is lurking in the house somewhere? She already has enough dreams that a bear is trying to eat all of her stuffed animals, the last thing I wanted is for her to have new material for her nightmares.

And secondly, is this the best advice for worry-filled children? The problem-solving part is helpful, but I'm not sure how practical the "ignore it and it'll go away" part is. Fretful children (and fretful adults) often KNOW that they're being irrationally fearful and being told to "just stop worrying" can make them feel ashamed for not being able to do so.

I should explain that when I read this, I had just finished reading The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxiety and Fears, by Lawrence J. Cohen. If your child really does have serious worry or anxiety issues, I highly, highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sue Morris from Kid Lit Reviews on April 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
The authors ask, "Suppose, just suppose, one hundred elephants come to tea and you discover you don't have any tea bags. Uh, oh. What will you do with a herd of thirsty elephants? Now that's a worry!" That sure is a worry. What on earth do you do for thirsty elephants when there is no large pond in sight? This and other questions are pondered in this delightful book that is designed to help children cope with worrying.

Many of the scenarios are deliberately silly. What if your teacher is a brown bear and you forget your homework; a bald eagle turns your hair into a nest; a gorilla takes your skateboard. Silly and funny, yet offers advice along the way. Kids will love these scenarios and are sure to some up with their own, along with a solution. Along the way they learn creative ways of dealing with problems.

Then there are the snippets of advice that adults can take to heart along with their children. For instance, "most of the time, something you worry about never happens." Run a web search and there will be figures stating from 40 to 90 percent of the things we worry about never happen. That may be a hard thing to remember or believe while we are worrying, yet if this is true, we are worrying way too much. The authors also state that "a worry is as big or as small as you let it be," and "will stay as long as you let it." Pretty sound advice for kids of every age.

For a relatively short picture book (32 pages), it packs quite a lot of information, advice and fun. The illustrations are just a tad darker in tone than most other picture books, but then worrying is a rather dark endeavor. The pictures tell the story well. It took two talented authors to write this book.
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