The Worry Tree [NOOK Book]


Juliet’s a worrywart, and no wonder! Her little sister, Oaf, follows her around taking notes and singing “The Irritating Song” all day long. Her parents are always arguing about Dad’s clutter. Nana’s so tired of craft lessons that she starts barbecuing things in the middle of the night. And Juliet’s friends Lindsay and Gemma are competing to see which of them is her best friend. Juliet can’t fit in any more worries! But then she makes a remarkable discovery. Behind the wallpaper in her new bedroom, Juliet ...
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The Worry Tree

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Juliet’s a worrywart, and no wonder! Her little sister, Oaf, follows her around taking notes and singing “The Irritating Song” all day long. Her parents are always arguing about Dad’s clutter. Nana’s so tired of craft lessons that she starts barbecuing things in the middle of the night. And Juliet’s friends Lindsay and Gemma are competing to see which of them is her best friend. Juliet can’t fit in any more worries! But then she makes a remarkable discovery. Behind the wallpaper in her new bedroom, Juliet uncovers an old painting of a very special tree. Nana remembers it well: it’s the Worry Tree, and with the help of the Worry Tree animals, Juliet just might be able to solve some of life’s big problems. The Worry Tree is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-5

Juliet is a worrier. She worries about her parents arguing, her irritating younger sister, her grandmother's health, her friends, and the school bully. After a fight with her sister, her parents decide that she needs her own room. Juliet's new bedroom, her father's former junk room, is revealed to have been her Nana's bedroom when she was about 10 years old. Behind the old wallpaper, Juliet finds her grandmother's "worry tree." Nana explains that each of the animals sitting in the tree can be trusted to take care of one of Juliet's various concerns while she is sleeping, just as they did for her when she was a girl. Each night, Juliet unburdens herself, and this helps for a while. Then the whole family becomes embroiled in an argument that brings up all of the issues that Juliet has been concerned about. She believes it is all her fault and decides to give up her room. Musgrove gives a realistic picture of an ordinary family dealing with a variety of common problems, such as sibling rivalry, incompatibility, and parental aging. The book's one flaw is the girl's solution to the school bully, which isn't very realistic. The author has, however, provided a unique solution for Juliet's worries. An additional purchase.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Kirkus Reviews
In this Australian import, Juliet's three-generation family is both supportive and difficult. Mom's psychology, Dad's fascination with making inventions out of junk, Nana's hated craft classes and sister Ophelia's "Irritating Song" can drive Juliet crazy. Her collections (dried cicada shells, erasers, license-plate numbers and perfect-attendance ribbons) soothe, but Juliet's bully and best-friend worries seem insurmountable. When Juliet gets her own bedroom, away from "Oaf," Nana's old Worry Tree appears from under crumbling wallpaper, complete with painted animals that specialize in helping with certain kinds of worries-and goodness knows, she's got plenty. This delightfully normal and realistically flawed family both hinders and helps as Juliet gradually learns that she is not responsible for all ill, and that with assistance, she can handle any unpleasantness in her life. Most children will not be interested in the final pages for recording worries or the downloadable poster, but Juliet's mantra is just right for everyone: "I am a capable person who can handle any crisis." Charming. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429939379
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 9/16/2008
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 589,907
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • File size: 462 KB

Meet the Author

MARIANNE MUSGROVE has worked as a social worker, and has had both poetry and short stories published.  This is Marianne’s first novel. She lives in South Australia.
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Worry Tree, The
Juliet Jennifer Jones opened the door, stepped out of the bathroom, and walked straight into her little sister."Eight minutes and forty-seven seconds," said Ophelia, clicking her stopwatch. "What were you doing in there?""Mom!" shrieked Juliet. "Oaf's timing me in the bathroom again!"When there was no reply, Juliet stomped out of the room.Ophelia, also known as Oaf, smiled quietly to herself, pulled out a yellow pad of paper, and carefully wrote 8:47 in the left-hand column. Then she tucked the notepad back into her pocket and went off to find her sister.Juliet stormed through the house looking for an adult. She went into the living room, but Mom had her nose in her favorite Shakespearean play."Give me five more minutes," said Mom, "and then I will speak to thee, I mean, I'll speak to you."Juliet rolled her eyes and went in search of Dad.Dad was in the laundry making a model volcano, and she couldn't get him to talk about anything other than lava, ash, or explosions. She frowned and went in search of Nana.Nana lived in the apartment down in the back garden, but when Juliet got there, all she found was a note taped to the door: Gone to craft class. This week: macramé pot holders!Juliet turned around, huffing. Oaf was standing behind her singing a song she'd learned on the playground that week. It was called "The Irritating Song," and you just kept chanting it over and over like this:Irritating, irritating, Irritating-tating-tating, It's the song you'll end up hating Just 'cause it's so irritating.That was the first verse. The second verse went like this:So frustrating, so frustrating, So frustrating-strating-strating, It's the song you'll end up hating Just 'cause it's so [clap] frustrating.The other twenty-two verses continued on in pretty much the same vein. Oaf really liked that song."Irritating, irritating ..."Juliet gritted her teeth. She could feel her skin itching and prickling.Oh, no, she thought. It's starting again.Juliet was cursed with a nervous rash, which flared up whenever she was stressed. It started shortly after Oaf was born (no coincidence as far as Juliet was concerned) and had continued on and off for the last seven years."Irritating-tating-tating ..."Juliet ducked past her sister, down the long hallway, past the Room That Must Be Locked When Visitors Come, and into the bedroom sheshared with Oaf. She shut the door firmly behind her and sank down on the floor. Now she was safe. Sort of. She gazed up at a sign on her wall. Mom had made it especially for her. I AM A CAPABLE PERSON WHO CAN HANDLE ANY CRISIS, it said. Juliet said these words over and over when she was feeling upset. She tried to say them now, but Oaf was singing on the other side of the door and it was putting her off."It's the song you'll end up hating ..."Juliet bit her thumbnail. Didn't she have enough to worry about? Dad always in a muddle, Mom working long hours, Nana refusing to wear her safety alarm ... . It was extremely hard work running a family when you were only ten. And then there was Hugh Allen ... ."Just 'cause it's so irritating ..."Juliet's rash spread like foot soldiers, straight up her arms and back down her legs. She had to do something before she was driven completely mad. There was only one thing for it.Copyright © 2007 by Marianne Musgrove
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2011

    highly recommend

    I bought this book for my daughter who is constantly worried about everyone and everything! It helped her "let go" of things that she had no control over. She still uses the Worry Tree we made at home whenever she needs to several years later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Love it

    This book fits me great i wish it hade more then one book it is the best book i have read :)

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