“IS A WORRY WORRYING YOU?” by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz, illustrations by Marie Le Tourneau, Tanglewood, $7.95 (ages 4-8)
What are you worried about?
Everyone — parents, brothers, sisters, friends and teachers — can have a worry.
But what is a worry anyway?
A bully? The first day of school? Perhaps a monster under the bed?
Worries are invisible and can strike at any time. They’re persistent and want to stick around for a while, but they can’t if you don’t let them.
From an eagle nesting in your hair to a rhino crossing the street, these instances can help children see how they can turn a situation from bad to good and send their worries packing.
Illustrations by Marie Le Tourneau call to mind images by Mercer Mayer (“Just For You” Little Critter series) and Maurice Sendak (“Where the Wild Things Are”). They bring imagined situations to life and help young readers to put the “worry monster” in his place.
Children will love this book not only because of it’s message but because it’s just plain fun. The artwork is great as is the story.
Free lesson plans for this book are available here.