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Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Wemberly Worried

by Kevin Henkes

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This book tells the story of Wemberly, a little mouse who worried about everything all the time. Wemberly’s worries increase as she contemplates heading off to nursery school with her faithful doll petal. She worries about the other kids, the teacher, and everything until she meets a friend with a faithful doll who is just like her. Then, well, she still worries, only not so much.
  paulaboy | Aug 4, 2016 |
Well, compared to [b:Scaredy Squirrel|562763|Scaredy Squirrel (Scaredy Squirrel)|Mélanie Watt|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1349042012s/562763.jpg|549907], this is just a bit heavier. A little more humor would have helped. As is, the best parts were the grandma's sayings (on shirt and sampler) and the specific worries in the thought bubbles. Still, it's a book that is likely to help a young worrier. I enjoyed it and do recommend it. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
I thought this book was really cute! I think it is a great story for allowing students to not let the little things drag you down or keep you from doing what you have to do! Although the book is a fantasy, the plot is logical, making the impossible seem real. Going page to page the plot builds and you see at the end, how Wemberley's worrying was all a waste of energy! Specifically on page 21, when it says, "She worried all the ways there" in *huge* font, put emphasis on the point the author was trying to make about Wemberley worrying so much! The illustrations made the setting and the characters seem imaginative and real. One pages 12-13 you see Wemberley and her mouse classmates jumping for joy and showing human characterisitics. I also find Wemberley's grandmother's shirt, on page 5, hilarious! (It says, GO WITH THE FLOW). Doing all of these things, made the book seem more realistic and relatable. ( )
  hfetty1 | May 3, 2016 |
Wemberly Worried is a children's picture book written by Kevin Henkes. The book is about a child, Wemberly, who worries about everything. This worry gets exceptionally high when she is about to start a new school. She is so afraid that she will not have friends. However, she ends up making a friend and all of her worries go away. I would recommend this book to any parent or classroom teacher not only because it is enjoyable but it also shows kids that usually the things that we worry about work themselves out. ( )
  Cbk81 | Apr 10, 2016 |
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Wemberly worries about everything in life. She worries about small things like spilling her juice and she worries about big things like her parents disappearing in the night. Wemberly’s worries aren’t limited to any part of the day; she worries in the morning, at night, and at all other times in between. Wemberly’s family tells her that she worries too much, but she can’t help it. On her birthday, she worries that her friends won’t come, but when they do come, she is worried that there will not be enough cake. On Halloween, she is worried that there will be too many people dressed as a butterfly, but when there isn’t, she is worried because she is the only one. Wemberly’s greatest worry is about something new in her life: school. Wemberly has a big list of worries about school, including, “What if the teacher is mean?” and “What if they make fun of my name?” However, once Wemberly meets a girl named Jewel at her new school, she begins to enjoy her time at school and worries less and less.

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Wemberly is a character that many children can relate to. Although she may worry more than the average child, her worries about school can be easily shared by young readers. Wemberly’s time at school shows the young reader that although she was worried about school, she met new friends and had such a good time that she began to worry less and less. In this way, this book is a powerful tool in helping children overcome their fears and worries about school.

A couple of uses:
- Read this book aloud to a class of kindergartners or first graders who may be experiencing new school year jitters. Afterwards, lead a discussion on how Wemberly was able to overcome her worries about school.
- Read this book to preschoolers before they make the transition from preschool to kindergarten. Afterward, have the students share what worries they have and if they consider them big worries or small worries.

This book is an example of fantasy because it features mice who exhibit unrealistic qualities, such as being able to talk, read books, and go to school.

watercolor and black pen ( )
  Lucymae | Mar 30, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0688170277, Hardcover)

Wemberly the mouse worries about everything: big things, like whether her parents might disappear in the middle of the night; little things, like whether she'll spill grape juice on her toy rabbit, Petal; and things in between, like whether she might shrink in the bathtub. What she is more worried about than anything else, however, is her first day at the New Morning Nursery School: "What if no one else has spots? What if no one else wears stripes? What if no one else brings a doll? What if the teacher is mean? What if the room smells bad?" Happily, Miss Peachum introduces her to a kindred spirit right away. Jewel doesn't have spots, but she is wearing stripes and holding a doll. As Wemberly plays with her new friend, she still worries, but no more than usual. ("And sometimes even less.")

Kevin Henkes, well-loved creator of the award-winning Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, gets to the heart of a child's feelings like no one else can. Young worrywarts (and their parents) will see themselves in Wemberly, and be relieved that she, too, worries about playground equipment ("Too rusty. Too loose. Too high."), sure-to-be-inhabited cracks in the wall, whether she will be the only butterfly in the Halloween parade, and, of course, whether school will be dreadful in every way. Henkes's Lilly-style illustrations are sweet, expressive, and loaded with funny, inventive details that invite close perusal with every reading. (Wemberly's roller-blading grandma, for example, is wearing a T-shirt that says "Go with the flow.") We're not worried about whether this book will become a classic--it will! (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson

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A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school.

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