Is a Worry Worrying You? by Ferida WolffIs a Worry Worrying You? by Ferida Wolff

Is a Worry Worrying You?

byFerida Wolff, Harriet May SavitzIllustratorMarie Letourneau

Paperback | April 25, 2005

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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.
Title:Is a Worry Worrying You?Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 8 × 10 × 0.77 inPublished:April 25, 2005Publisher:Tanglewood PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1933718056

ISBN - 13:9781933718057

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't worry... be happy! "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.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for Young Readers "Face it. Look at it and see if it makes any sense." I loved this! Anxiety based mental health issues are extremely prevalent today - and children are no exception. I understand that as they learn and grow, anxiety is common when aspects of their lives and routines change. This charmingly written book explores what constitutes a worry, and how one might live with one. I also think this novel is an exercise in compassion and sympathy for an adult reader. The worries explained in the tale are fantastical; having only one tea bag but a herd of 30 elephants for example. However, the symptoms are realistic and worthy of sympathy. I think an adult reader might look at a temper tantrum slightly differently after reading this with a young one. The only negative aspect of this read for me, was the overabundance of solutions provided. There were dozens of suggested solutions to stop a worry from worrying you. In one way, this reflects that everyone must address a worry differently. However, I suspect is more likely to be overwhelming for a young reader. Ultimately, this was an incredibly clever look at anxiety geared towards young reader and I applaud the intent. I will likely purchase this for the young readers in my life.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Wish I had This Book When I Was a Kid **I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.** I should start this review out by saying that I suffer from anxiety and worry. I have since I was a kid. And when I was a kid there was nothing like this to help me cope. I pity my mom for going through it with no resources available to her that put Anxiety and Worry into simple easy to understand terms for children. I requested this book knowing that I could use it with my own kids who (though i hope dont) will likely deal with worry at some point in there young lives. This book is the perfect solution. I love the clever examples, and the matching illustrations. I loved trying to find the worry monster through out the book. I will be picking up the solid book copy of this as soon as I can and it will be added to our growing library of stories. It calms me some to know that if I need the help and back up with dealing with these issues I have it in the form of a book that gives a face and feeling to what my kids are going through. I hope this book can bring them the same peace of mind it brought me.
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Wish I Had This When I Was a Kid **I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.** I should start this review out by saying that I suffer from anxiety and worry. I have since I was a kid. And when I was a kid there was nothing like this to help me cope. I pity my mom for going through it with no resources available to her that put Anxiety and Worry into simple easy to understand terms for children. I requested this book knowing that I could use it with my own kids who (though i hope dont) will likely deal with worry at some point in there young lives. This book is the perfect solution. I love the clever examples, and the matching illustrations. I loved trying to find the worry monster through out the book. I will be picking up the solid book copy of this as soon as I can and it will be added to our growing library of stories. It calms me some to know that if I need the help and back up with dealing with these issues I have it in the form of a book that gives a face and feeling to what my kids are going through. I hope this book can bring them the same peace of mind it brought me.
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Worthwhile Read If you have an anxious child, or a child that has some worries, this is a great book that opens up the lines of communication. After reading this book with my 6 year-old son, he now tells me when he has a worry and we talk about it and how to manage it.
Date published: 2010-11-18