Tuesday, January 2, 2018

"Is a Worry Worrying You?" - first bookwrap of 2018

Excellent advice Charlie Brown and dove-tails with today's book on worry.  Don't worry... be happy! 


Authored by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz
Illustrated by Marie Le Tourneau

Ages: 4-7
Grade Level: PS-2

Reviews for you 

Is a Worry Worrying You?…offers a lighthearted way for kids to confront, and then get past, their anxieties.”
— Teacher Magazine

“Mixing serious and silly examples, the authors define ‘worries’ and suggest some coping stategies. This doesn’t stray all that far from everyday situations, and may provide some anxiety-ridden children with something to think about.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Highly fun and thought-provoking, this worry-less book is a must for today’s overstressed kids.”
— Copley News Service

“Whether the worries are big or small, real or silly, the central message of this book shines through: that things seem less worrisome when put into perspective, and a little creative thinking can solve most problems. The Worry figure, lurking somewhere in every illustration, brings an element of humor that will entertain kids while providing them with lessons of coping that will last a lifetime.”
— Patty Aubrye, President, Chicken Soup for the Soul

Unwrapping some great illustrations for you to peek at

About the book

"What is a worry anyway? A worry is a thought that stops you from having fun, from feeling good, from being happy."

This wonderful book deals with kid's worries and anxieties.  The  co-authors have successfully personified them and made them visually clear so a child's mind can grasp what one may look like.  Even though worries are invisible to the naked eye they seem very real to a child. 

Worries can drag you down and make you feel tired, sad, or even make you feel ill.  They are not polite and have no manners. They barge into your life and can make you feel paralyzed and threatened.   Most of the time the things worried about never materialize but if they do the authors have unveiled strategies as to how to overcome them and get of them out of your life. 

How to get rid of a worry:  

"You can imagine it away. Put it in a suitcase and send it packing.  Seal it in an envelope and mail it away.  Stand it in the corner while you have fun.  Hide it in a closet and close the door."  

In reality you can: 

* Face it and see if it makes any sense
* Tell it to go away
* Discuss it with someone else
* Work on the thing that's worrying you
* Think another thought
* Remember a good time you had
* Think about what you are doing and not about what might happen.  Replace a worry with a happy thought. Let a worry thought remind you to smile.  

The resolve to the worry problem as told by the authors...

"You can get rid of a worry any time you want. It just takes a little patience."  "Don't worry. You can do it!"

The book not only defines worry and anxiety but offers help to kids so they can manage those worries.  The illustrations are clouded in darkness which represents a shadow or foreboding that envelops the characters who are anxious.  The monster-like worries depicted are not scary.  The book offers imaginative humorous solutions.  It can open up a dialogue so kids can discuss their feelings if feelings of worry plague them.  I would recommend this book be in classrooms and school libraries for kids to access if they experience worry and anxiety in their own lives.  

Storywraps Rating ...  5 HUGS!!!!!

About the authors

Ferida Wolff is the author of sixteen children’s books, including Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah, and resides in Cherry Hill, NJ, near Philadelphia.

Harriet May Savitz is the author of Run, Don’t Walk and The Lionhearted among many others and lives in Bradley Beach, NJ.

Marie Letourneau was born in Queens Village and raised in Babylon, NY. Growing up, she loved to draw, paint and engage in art activities of all kinds. She knew from an early age that she would like to one day write & illustrate picture books. Now, she is author and illustrator for kids!
Marie currently works from her home studio in New York where she resides with her family, two dogs, and cat.

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