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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Is Worry Worrying You? - Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz, Marie LeTourneau



Released September 2011 (Reissue)

Tanglewood Press

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

"A worry isn't polite. It has no manners. It doesn't ask if it can enter. It just barges in. And it will stay as long as you let it."

Those two pages, accompanied by unique illustrations, captures the essence of Is a Worry Worrying You? amazingly well. Every child and adult worries about something from time to time. Children fear the government mandated tests, fears accelerated by urgings from teachers that students must pass for the school to make money. Children's fear monsters under the bed, grades in school, parents leaving them and things as simple as having to eat a food they hate. Those are the things captured in Ferida Wolff and Harriet may Savitz's children's picture book.

Throughout the book, different scenarios of what causes a child to worry appear. It may be worrying about what will happen if a rhino comes down the road headed right for you or what will you do if 100 elephants come to tea and you don't have any tea bags. The scenarios can be realistic too, such as what happens if your loud, boisterous uncle comes for a visit and his booming presence scares you. In each case, the authors suggest how to overcome that fear and how to handle anxiety. It's a great book for children, especially those who are prone to anxiety. I highly recommend Is Worry Worrying You.

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