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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; 1 edition (April 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933718056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933718057
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.1 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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My children gathered on the bed to read this story together. I knew it would be cute but I never expected the conversations that followed. This book is about worry, something some adults seem to forget that children have too. It is a funny story about how to help over come worry and it addresses the outrageous what if's to issues children really deal with, like monsters under the bed. The book empowers us all to take more control over what we think and feel. All the children talked during this book at one point or another, the 12 year old voicing worry over growing up, the 6 year old worried about monsters, the 4 year old worried about not enough candy in the world, and the 2 year old even seemed worried we would not turn the pages.

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.
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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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