Is a Worry Worrying You?

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Adults think of childhood as a carefree time, but the truth is that children worry, and worry a lot, especially in our highly pressurized era. This book addresses children's worries with humor and imagination, as hilarious scenarios teach kids the use of perspective and the art of creative problem-solving.

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Adults think of childhood as a carefree time, but the truth is that children worry, and worry a lot, especially in our highly pressurized era. This book addresses children's worries with humor and imagination, as hilarious scenarios teach kids the use of perspective and the art of creative problem-solving.

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Definitely in the bibliotherapy category, the authors tell kids that everyone has worries and that there are mechanisms to cope with them. The easiest is to take action, which in most cases makes you forget about the worry or will solve the problem that is causing the worry. The illustrations are fairly dark with kids looking unhappy or grumpy and often featuring a big blue monster. It might have been nice to brighten the pallet for pages where the worry has been chased away to really emphasize the message. I personally found the art unappealing. The closing pages show worry moving on and the text states, "You can get rid of a worry any time you want. It just takes a little patience." Perhaps, but sometimes it takes more than patience. 2005, Tanglewood Press, Ages 5 to 8.
—Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933718057
  • Publisher: Tanglewood Press IN
  • Publication date: 5/25/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 222,566
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.13 (w) x 10.07 (h) x 0.07 (d)

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

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    What¿s so fun about this book is that it brings a not-so-fun top

    What’s so fun about this book is that it brings a not-so-fun topic to light. So many times children worry but they do not want to acknowledge that is what they are doing so they just deny it. They come up with excuses or have other illnesses when what really is the issue, they are hiding behind. This book deals with that problem. The first couple pages explain exactly what a worry does and then goes on to explain ways on how to deal with it and that other individuals the child may know worry too. This book is not a cure-all but it just might help the child talk about their issues, help them feel that they are not alone and help them find ways to deal with their issues. This book relays to the child that it is okay to worry but that sometimes that all worries do not occur and you have just wasted all that time worrying. What would happen if you confronted your worry? What would happen if you ignored your worry, would it go away? The book also lists other things to do when they start to worry to take their mind off it and also how to find a happy thought. The illustrations are cute and add to the text and make this subject not a cumbersome topic.
    Kids struggle with pressures and they worry about all kinds of things. I used to see this in my own kids and I see this in the schools. I wanted to get this book to read to the kids where I sub and I hoped it was not a preachy book but was a fun and informative book and it is. The pictures in the book are cartoonish and pull off the notion they set off to accomplish. Great book to help talk about worry or help children see that worry is nothing to be ashamed of or to hide. Thank you NetGalley for providing me a copy.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

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    A picture book with a lesson

    Everyone can remember a moment in their life when a worry worried them. This book is a great resource for parents, teachers and guidance counselors. It helps make the worry visible in the form of a monster and teaches children that the feelings they feel are normal. I loved the recommendations the author and illustrator use to make the worry go away. In the eyes of a child a worry is a big thing. The author and illustrator realize this and provide a unique perspective on how kids view the world they live in. I read this book with a student that gets nervous and anxiously frequently. This book was a great tool to start the discussion of worries and how to manage them.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

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    Help a Child Understand What Worrying is All About

    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. Given the weighty subject and the imaginative way it is handled, it is not hard to understand why. They have done a wonderful job of explaining a difficult subject that now even a child can put into perspective. Kids learn t worry is mostly a subjective emotion they can control with patience and perseverance. The use of imagination as a problem-solving device is wonderfully illustrated throughout the book. Plus, if an eagle ever lands on their head and makes a nest out of their hair - your child will know exactly what to do about that pesky eagle without worrying for a moment.

    note:received from netgalley, courtesy of the publisher

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    beautiful illustrations, story, and message

    Everyone worries from time to time, and dealing with those worries often seems monumental, espeically for children. Ferida Wolff and Herriet May Sevitz have addressed just this issue in their book, Is a Worry Worrying You? With beautiful full color illustrations by Marie LeTourneau, the book manages to discuss worries and introduce brainstorming possible solutions of how to deal with them in a light hearted manner, opening up further discussions. It;s a fantastic picture book and one that we have checked out from the library several times over the years due to the story alone.

    Disclaimer: A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2008

    my 4 & 5 yr old anxious children love it

    My children love the illustrations, looking for where the Worry is. Best part of the book is that it gives many suggestions HOW to get rid of the worry, by talking to a grownup, thinking of something that made you smile, doing something you like, etc. lots of helpful suggestions which we needed! 2 of my children have shown significant anxiety, nearly to the point of ocd in my daughter, who LOVES the book. Only reason I didn't give it a 5 is that I agree w/other reviewer who disliked the ending. I liked that it was encouraging, 'You can do it!', but saying 'it just takes patience' didn't fly for me or my kids...facing anxiety IS difficult & takes more than patience & kids should be given credit for the work it does take to take control and 'shoo off that worry bug.' Still a great book on the topic though since so few good ones seem to exist!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    Children of all ages will laugh and learn!

    Ferida Wolff and Harriet Savitz know how to best serve the teaching of life lessons - with a generous helping of humor. Is A Worry Worrying You? is just plain fun to read. The illustrations invite children in, then they discover the universality of their fears and concerns while having a good laugh at the characters inhabiting the story. The fiendish worry monster gets thwarted by the authors' hilarious solutions to some of life's thorny problems. A visual treat and a fun read for children and grown-ups as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2005

    Is A Worry Worrying You??

    Beautiful illustrations! Funny book!

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    Posted August 11, 2009

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