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Is a Worry Worrying You? Paperback – April 15, 2005
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My oldest great nephew who is now 4 years old has a tendency to worry, to be anxious over the bad guys or events coming up. He really needs you to explain what is going on, what will happen during and when something will be over.
So when I visited last March I took this book among others. His mom, 2 great aunts and 3 year old brother read the book. Even mom, my niece was a little anxious as we read it. But after I read the last page I told them when I was little I was worried about alligators being under my bed, how I would jump from the hallway onto my bed by running from the far wall of the bathroom which was directly across. Then I told them how I discovered that was silly since alligators live in sunny places with lots of water so there was no way they could be under my bed.
That started worry stories from all of us including the little guys and how we can help ourselves or ask for help to stop a worry
Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz
Ms. Wolff and Ms. Savitz have written a beautiful book that speaks to children in their own language. Instead of talking at children from the adult's perspective, they enter the childrens' world so they can walk with children and explore their fears and anxieties with them. Rather than being condescending, their lighthearted approach shows a deep respect for childhood and its fears as well as a sound awareness of the inner resources residing in children. Just as fairy tales help children externalize their fears (Bettleheim, B; THE USES OF ENCHANTMENT), IS A WORRY WORRYING YOU? enables children to investigate their fears and tells each child he/she is not alone in having these fears. Finally, the fanciful suggestions entertain and amuse children while the very valid and practical solutions empower children to creatively resolve their concerns. As a former school psychologist in an elementary school, I know that when adults minimize childhood fears, they do not go away but can linger and harm. When I read this with children in my school they responded to it immediately and wanted to hear it again and again.