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Is a Worry Worrying You? Paperback – April 15, 2005
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I highly recommend this book for children of all ages.
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.Read more ›
It is nicely written, imaginative, and child like. It opens up doors for children to think and want to talk about their worry.
This is so important. Maybe even more important than I knew before. As a crunchy parenting I like to think of myself as attached to my children. I like to think because we do not use day care or schools that I know them best.
Goodness though did I learn a lot the night we read this book.
This book can get deep if you take some time to let your children think about it, to talk about it. Don't just read it once, keep it and read it again and again. It is a gift we give our children to validate how they feel and help them find tools to thrive. Read it.
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.Read more ›
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I saw the title of this book and read what the book was about and thought this would be a great book to... Read more
this is the best children's book about anxiety that I have. I highly recommend this one. excellent illustrations as well.Published 7 months ago by painter
I'm a play therapist and had on opportunity to receive a free copy of this book for review. This is a book I had heard about professionally, and I am very pleased after reading... Read morePublished 7 months ago by KC
It makes you not feel so scared any more of things. It is a very nice book to read when you have a worry. Written by a worried 7 year old :)))Published 8 months ago by katelyn farrar
Good book, but the illustrations are a little creepy, even for me as an adult.Published 10 months ago by Rachel
Is a Worry Worrying You? is a wonderful story filled with silly pictures and situations to help explain to children different kinds of worries they may face and how to get rid of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Grateful Grandma
A friend loaned us this book- it is AMAZING. My 6 year old has begun worrying/ being anxious over anything and everything. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jennifer_in_VT
This was a pleasure to read, although I could not fully enjoy the illustrations on my Kindle. In a time when kids seem to get more and more anxious, it is a very well thought out... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ana Silva
Pretty good, but still too abstract in my opinion. The illustrations might even scare some kids, which is the opposite of what you want if you have a worrier.Published 15 months ago by leo