‘Is a Worry Worrying You?’ injects humor into childhood concerns


“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.

“Is A Worry Worrying You” by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz explores childhood worries by injecting humor into common, and not-so-common, concerns.

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.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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