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Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Wemberly Worried

by Kevin Henkes

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Wemberly Worried is the story of a little mouse who worries about everything, all the time. She especially worries about starting school. Once she meets Jewel, however, she finds that maybe there's not so much to worry about after all.

What a cute story! I would have loved to have had a book like this when I was little--I was a worrier, just like Wemberly. It would be especially useful for the first day of school, or to lend to a child who is moving away to a new school.

Classroom Extensions:
1. Hold a classroom "speed dating" to get all the kids introduced to each other.
2. Make listening buddies: little paper dolls that students can whisper their worries to.
  JenniferSaville | Mar 24, 2014 |
This book is about a mouse who worries about everything. Her mother and father try to tell her to not worry, but she worries anyways. She was worried about school until the teacher introduced her to a girl in her class who wore stripes, and had a doll. After that, Wemberly still worried, but worried a lot less.

Personal Reaction:
While reading this book, I could really relate. I worry about everything just like Wemberly.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. In my classroom, I could use this book to help children to not worry so much.
2. In my classroom, I could use this book to teach children that everyone is different, and to not worry about being different from others.
  shellbierose | Mar 11, 2014 |
Wemberly worries about everything, but especially about school. Fortunately, she meets a kindred spirit in kindergarten...
More adorable mice from Kevin Henkes, who really understands children's anxieties. ( )
  JennyArch | Mar 6, 2014 |
To summarize this book, the big picture is not to spend all of your time worrying. Worrying about things is something that all people feel from time to time, but sometimes young children can get fixated on worrying about all possible things that could go wrong in a certain situation. I think the author of "Wemberly Worried," tastefully walks us through a story about a mouse named Wemberly who worries too much for her own good. The author counters these worries with examples of how the situations turned out just fine even though she did all that worrying. For example, she worried that there would be too many children dressed up as butterflies on Halloween, but then when there were no other butterflies, she worried that she would be the only child dressed as a butterfly. The author also supplies a happy ending, Wemberly meeting a friend that allows her not to worry so much at school, further showing that not everything needs to be worried about.
  dcully1 | Feb 19, 2014 |
I love it, great for preschoolers! ( )
  lmeza | Feb 6, 2014 |
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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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